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Common Mullein

Verbascum thapsus L.

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

▲ first year rosette

▲ leaf bases extend down stem to give slightly winged stem effect

▲▼second year stem elongation and flowering

▲▼ flowers



Common Mullein: 

         biennial weed with large, very fuzzy, gray-green rosette of leaves during first year

         second year produces tall spike (2-8') with smaller, fuzzy leaves and many small yellow flowers opening sporadically over summer

         produces abundant seed

         found on roadsides, pastures, railroad right-of-ways, non-crop areas with rocky soils

         somewhat difficult to control with herbicides due to hairy leaves


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