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Verbascum thapsus

Common Mullein, Flannel-plant, Woolly Mullein, Velvet-plant

Scientific Name:

Verbascum thapsus

Genus:

Verbascum

Species Epithet:

thapsus

Common Name:

Common Mullein, Flannel-plant, Woolly Mullein, Velvet-plant

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., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, sometimes weedy on rock outcrops; common non-native throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Biennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Introduced from Europe

Plants

image

Black Mountain, mid June 2002
© MB Baumeister

Bloom Stalk

image

Black Mountain, mid June 2002
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Buds and Bloom

image

Black Mountain, mid June 2002
© MB Baumeister

Plant with Multiple Bloom Stalks

image

Black Mountain, July 2002
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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