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

Grasshopper Resting

This large pest was sitting in the middle of the path this evening.  It sat surprisingly long in place or I might not have noticed it.  Whenever I see a grasshopper like this one, I recall the horde that ate the Ingalls’ crops in On the Banks of Plum Creek.  I’m not sure I’ve got this one identified quite right, but it seems to be a two-striped grasshopper (Melanoplus bivittatus).

Two-striped Grasshopper sitting on asphalt