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Verbascum blattaria

Moth Mullein

Scientific Name:

Verbascum blattaria

Genus:

Verbascum

Species Epithet:

blattaria

Common Name:

Moth Mullein

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Biennial

Plant Family

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Native/Alien:

Not Native to US

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Fields, roadsides, disturbed areas. Common non-native throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Biennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Native of Eurasia.

Blooming Plant

image

Black Mountain, mid June 2003
© MB Baumeister

Bloom Stalk

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Black Mountain, mid June 2003
© MB Baumeister

Leaves and Stem

image

Black Mountain, mid June 2003
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Flower

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Black Mountain, mid June 2003
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Bud

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Black Mountain, mid June 2003
© MB Baumeister

The whole plant was covered with "fur" which made it glisten. Unfortunately it was too far away for me to reach it, to touch it.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

BoBotany


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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