Verbascum thapsus
common mullein

Verbascum thapsus
Verbascum thapsus
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown Line Drawing
Botanical name: Verbascum thapsus
Common name: common mullein
Group: dicot
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced from Eurasia and Africa
Plant height: 6.5'
Foliage: basal rosette leaves, 4-12", covered with soft hair
Flower: five petaled yellow flowers
Flowering time: June to August
Habitat: adapts to a wide variety of site conditions and grows vigorously
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Considered a weedy invasive in some states; introduced mid-1700s as a fish poison (
The Plant Conservation Alliance has listed it as one of the "Least Wanted"
Used in homeopathic and alternative medicine.