Mullein Stands Tall

This is a rather unusually tall weed that grows in our area.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Common Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) grow in groups, just one or two here and there.  It looks a bit drab at the moment but will eventually be covered with small yellow flowers as we go into late August and September.  I hadn’t realized it had medicinal value.

As you may have gathered, flower names grab me.  This one is known as “Cowboy Toilet Paper” out West!  This is probably due to the soft, furry, large leaves at the base of the plant.  The Wikipedia entry indicates more than 40 common English names, including Feltwort and Old Man’s Blanket.

Common Mullein, also known as Old Man’s Blanket, Cowboy Toilet Paper, and Feltwort

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