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Common Mullein, Great Mullein, Cowboy Toilet Paper - Verbascum thapsus


Family: Scrophulariaceae Figwort family Genus Common Name: Mullein Native Status: Introduced
Verbascum thapsus - Common Mullein, Great Mullein, Cowboy Toilet Paper. Tall plant with woolly leaves diminishing in size as they alternately rise up the sturdy stem-stalk, which is terminated by a tight cluster of showy yellow flowers.

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Distribution of Verbascum thapsus in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 03 May 2016). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2009-July-09Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Common Mullein has a tight cluster of flowers in a spike terminating the sturdy plant stalk.
Verbascum thapsus

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2009-August-07Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Common mullein, Verbascum thapsus, can be a tall plant, usually with a single stem terminated with a spike of flowers. The flower spike may be half the height of the entire plant.
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Verbascum thapsus

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