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Verbascum thapsus

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)Verbascum thapsus
Common Names common mullein
Family Figwort or Snapdragon
Flower Color Yellow
Plant Type Herb
Location McCall
Native No
Weed Can be

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) plants live two years.  The first year the plant forms a rosette and the second year it flowers and dies. Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) flower with Dragonfly Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)flower closeup with Dragonfly Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

A dragonfly takes nectar from common mullein (Verbascum thapsus). Common mullien is not a native plant, but a European import. It grows most in disturbed soils along roads in the sagebrush steep and mountains. It is a biennial of the Figwort family, making a rosette of soft gray leaves the first year and finishing its life cycle during the second growing season with a flowering spike 1 to 2 or more yards tall.

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Dr. Clinton C. Shock

Malheur Agricultural Experiment Station
595 Onion Avenue
Ontario, OR 97914
(541) 889-2174
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