Jun. 29, 2017

common mullein, Verbascum thapsus

Remember those large soft fuzzy leaves that were so fascinating when we were kids? This is them. The leaves grow flat on the ground in its first year. In the second year the plant shoots up to as much as a couple meters. The flowers appear early and fade by mid-day. After a year of flowering, the plant dies. Mullein is a common roadside and field sight in every state, and the lower tier of provinces. It is a Eurasian native that now grows everywhere but the Antarctic. Lenawee Co MI, 8/13/11.