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Connecticut Plants
Common Mullein
Verbascum thapsus L.

Common mullein leaves are grayish with soft, velvety hairs. The plant is a biennial, living for two years. In its first year, it grows leaves in a basal rosette (see the bottom photo). In its second year, it sends up a flower stalk and produces seeds.

  • Family: figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
  • Habitat: fields, roadsides & waste places
  • Height: 2 to 8 feet
  • Flower size: 3/4 to 1 inch across
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: July to September
  • Origin: Europe
Verbascum thapsus L.
Verbascum thapsus L.
Verbascum thapsus L.
Verbascum thapsus L.

The basal (lowest) leaves of common mullein are large and fuzzy.