Species: Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

Family: Figworts (SCROPHULARIACEAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Figworts (SCROPHULARIACEAE)

The Scrophulariaceae family of flowering plants are commonly known as mulleins and figworts. They are annual and perennial herbs (and one shrub)

C. Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

The Verbascum thapsus has a variety of names: Great Mullein, Greater Mullein, Common Mullein and Aaron's Rod, the latter named after the walking stick carried by Moses's brother Aaron. In the United States, the plant is sometimes called the "cowboy's toilet paper", which supports the plant's name's English origin which is derived from the French words mou and moelleux, meaning 'soft'. The plant has small yellow flowers that are densely grouped in a spike on tall stems. As can be seen in the photographs, this plant is quite hairy - resembling a thick, white woolly down - which accounts for it being resistant to grazing.

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Great Mullein

In the United States, the plant is sometimes called the "cowboy's toilet paper", which supports the plant's name's English origin which is derived from the French words mou and moelleux, meaning 'soft'.

Great Mullein

The Verbascum thapsus has a variety of names: Great Mullein, Greater Mullein, Common Mullein and Aaron's Rod, the latter named after the walking stick carried by Moses's brother Aaron.

Great Mullein

The plant has small yellow flowers that are densely grouped in a spike on tall stems.

Great Mullein

The Great Mullein has small yellow flowers that are densely grouped in a spike on tall stems.