This next photo shows a newly flowering spike.
Depending on environmental conditions, the Common mullein may be a short plant with a single flowering spike . . .
. . . or it may be a tall plant with several flowering spikes by the end of its two-year life.
A group of Common mullein plants in early morning fog create a magical scene. The moisture beads on the leaves — producing a silvery look.
Watch this video for dozens more photos — with a narrative — of Verbascum thapsus. We follow a single Common mullein plant for more than a year of its life.