Mystery plant

Can anyone help identify this plant please. I had one a couple of years ago that grew to over 6feet high and 4 foot across. It has furry silver green leaves. there are two photos, one is a large plant and one a seedling.
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Does it has spikes of yellow flowers? If so, then one of the Verbascums.

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Stewart Robert Hinsley

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On Tue, 4 Sep 2012 17:16:57 +0100, Stewart Robert Hinsley

I always call it "Lamb's Ear", in fact just this morning I pulled one out that was growing at the base of one of my trees and was annoying me, unfortunately I didn't get the root so I know it will grow back... they can get kind of huge and they do send of a tall spike of yellow flowers... they look okay in the right place, like in a hedgerow as they are somewhat invasive.

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That's an example of the problem with using vernacular names. Here Lamb's Ear is Stachys byzantina.
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On 05/09/2012 11:35, Stewart Robert Hinsley wrote:

Or Stachys lanata...
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Looks like it might be a Verbascum.... here's the weedy V. thapsus that I spent what felt like a good fraction of my childhood pulling: http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/vesth.htm
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