Common Mullein

Verbascum thapsis

Photo of Common Mullein
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

A biennial plant with large (about 12 inches long) leaves having gray hairs on both sides. The first year it forms a rosette of leaves and in the second year produces tall (3 to 5 feet) flowering stem. The yellow flowers are crowded on a spike. Leaf extracts mixed with wild cherry root have been used for help with arthritis.

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  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences