Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

MulleinThe flower of Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is quite striking when you look closely at it.

This next photo shows a newly flowering spike.

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Depending on environmental conditions, the Common mullein may be a short plant with a single flowering spike . . .

Mullein

. . . or it may be a tall plant with several flowering spikes by the end of its two-year life.

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A group of Common mullein plants in early morning fog create a magical scene.  The moisture beads on the leaves — producing a silvery look.

Mullein

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.

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(Here’s the same video as posted on YouTube.)


 

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8 Responses to Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

  1. Margaret says:

    Angelyn, this is marvelous! Thank you so very much for the videos. They are such a great idea and so helpful. You are doing wonderful work and we thank you!

  2. Ecaterina Psalm says:

    A very usefull film. Thank you Angelyn. God bless you.

  3. Sadie says:

    I’m excited to see if my Mullein comes back this year!

  4. Mark Sabatino says:

    When is the best time to harvest the plant for consumption?

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  6. Kathryn McCarthy says:

    Thank you for the video. There is a vacant lot next to my home and at least 20 of these plants sprung up. I was so curious of their beauty I had to find out more. I live in Nova Scotia and have never noticed them before.

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