I have a perennial with large leathery leaves that feel like lambs
ear. The plant doubled in size to about 5 feet and has produced a
spire. The plant is about 3 foot diameter at the base. A line of
small yellow flowers spiral up, following a counter-clockwise pattern.
The flowers do not have a strong smell, although the odor is unique.
The neighbors are asking about the plant ID. I don't know what it is
either, but I like it and no deer or insect will eat it. The only
care I gave it was keeping it weeded. Zone 7.
That's Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) a large and (in some
areas) common non-native weed. It is a biennial, rather than
perennial plant. *Extremely* prolific seed producer, but sprouts
only in disturbed, bare soil.
Also known as flannel leaf, Aaron's rod, torch plant, etc.
There are showier, smaller Verbascum cultivars (often V. phoeniceum
and V. chaixii; some are interspecies hybrids). These tend to be short
lived perennials, somewhat tending toward biennials. Here's a
particularly nice one (Verbascum 'Southern Charm'):
I've got some small Verbascum (white flowers with a purple eye)
blooming now in one of my flower beds, and a giant V. thapsus growing
at one end of my herb garden (for now).
As others have said, it's a verbascum and there are many others in the
family with other colours that are also delightful.
I too like these plants but have trouble stopping my husband ripping them
Yes, it's had many uses. Quaker's Rouge was another name, as the girls
would rub their cheeks with mullein leaves. Also used as toilet paper.
Medicinally, the leaves are used for lung ailments, diarrhea and other
things I'm sure. Some people smoke it for lung ailments. The flowers,
infused in oil, are good for ear aches and ear infections.
I love Mullein - one of my favorite herbs.
I'd forgotten the candle aspect and am not sure I knew about lining
shoes, unless I confusing lining shoes with with plaintain (plantago).
What benefit does lining shoes with the wonderful Verbascus thaspus
have? (I love some of these Latin names - my absolute favorite name is
Prunella vulgaris - makes me think it's Cruella Daville's sister.)
None whatsoever these days, but in the days when people wore shoes till the
soles were either as thin as paper or worn right through so there was a hole
in the leather, it stopped ya footsies from suffering from stone bruises.
(I love some of these Latin names - my absolute favorite name is
:-)) I too love some of the Latin names - not that any one specifically
comes to mind at the moment.
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