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Warning! This is an invasive plant, which has the potential to aggressivley crowd out native species. Learn more about invasive plants!
Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.)
Image ID: 2016/mtr193T
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Height: 2 to 6 ft.
Blooms: June to September
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size: 0.75 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Elongate clusters, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Montour Trail
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.