Authentic Wisconsin.  Common Mullein - Verbascum thapsus


Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on June 26, 2020.


Above: Common Mullein along bank of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin. (6/26/20).


Common Mullein - Verbascum thapsus

Common Mullein was introduced, naturalized and is potentially invasive. It likes disturbed sites.

In it's first year of growth, Common Mullein produces a rosette of leaves. The second-year plants normally produce a single unbranched stem. The flower stalk grows between 5-10 feet tall and produces small yellow, 5-petaled flowers that are grouped densely on the leafy spike.

Blooms June - September.

Other names: Great mullein, Wooly mullein, Flannel plant, Giant mullein




COMMON MULLEIN
(Verbascum thapsus)
by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

Common Mullein's lots of fun,

He loves the children every one;

His velvet leaves when torn he'll lend

To any fairy who will mend."




MULLEIN

by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

Mullein grew up rough-and-tumble.

He was Irish, very humble;

Still he was a jolly fellow,

With his funny head all yellow.




For more information on the Common Mullein, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Common Mullein.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Master Gardener Program website page about Common Mullein.


Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on June 26, 2020.
Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on June 26, 2020.
Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on June 26, 2020.
Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on June 27, 2020.
Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on June 27, 2020.
Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on June 28, 2020.
Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on June 28, 2020.
Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on July 2, 2020.
Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on August 15, 2020.
Common Mullein by Badger Road drop-off on June 20, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Wingra Boats on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Wingra Boats on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Wingra Boats on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Wingra Boats on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park on June 27, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park on June 27, 2021.
Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park on July 1, 2021.

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Common Mullein
Verbascum thapsus


Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 26, 2020.

Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 26, 2020.


Above: Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 26, 2020.


Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on Janaury 21, 2021.


Above: Common Mullein on shore of Marion Dunn Pond on January 21, 2021.


Common Mullein by Badger Road drop-off on June 20, 2021.


Above: Common Mullein by City of Madison Streets Division - Badger Drop-off Site on June 20, 2021.


Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.


Above: Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra near Vilas Park on June 21, 2021.


Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park on July 1, 2021.


Above: Common Mullein on shore of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park on July 1, 2021.


Common Mullein along Cannonball bike path on July 13, 2021.


Above: Common Mullein along Cannonball bike path on July 13, 2021.


Common Mullein specimen collected on the campus of the UW-Platteville on October 9, 1977.


Above: Common Mullein specimen collected on the campus of the UW-Platteville on October 9, 1977.


Common Mullein botanical illustration.


Above: Common Mullein botanical illustration.


Common Mullein 1497 botanical illustration.


Above: Common Mullein 1497 botanical illustration.


Common Mullein 1828 botanical illustration.


Above: Common Mullein 1828 botanical illustration.


1918 Common Mullein Wildflower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by Janet Laura Scott.

1910 Common Mullein Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by M.T. (Penny) Ross.

Common Mullein.

Common Mullein.

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