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Common Mullein

This plant, often found on roadsides and disturbed areas, is a tall, thick stalk with yellow flowers around the top of the stalk. The flowers have five petals, with the top two petals smaller and closer together. There are small orange anthers that add a splash of color. The leaves are veined and hairy.

While this plant is not native to the US, it is renowned for it medicinal qualities. It has been used to treat respiratory issues such as bronchitis or asthma. It also is thought to reduce inflammation and can be used in salves for burns or rashes. It has even been used to create hair dye!

Wildflower Details

Scientific Name:Verbascum thapsus
Growing Season:Summer
Soil Type:Openings, roadsides, disturbed areas
Habitat:Foothills, Montane