Verbascum thapsus [Scrophulariaceae]

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Scientific Name Verbascum thapsus USDA PLANTS Symbol VETH
Common Name Common Mullein ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 33394
Family Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) Texas Invasives Reference Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry, sandy soils and many other soil types in open meadows, forest openings, pastures, fields and disturbed areas.
Plant: Stiff, erect, coarse, hairy biennial up to 6 feet tall, solitary stem.
Leaves: Basal leaves, oblong to spatulate, up to 12 inches long and petiolate in a rosette; stem leaves progressively smaller and sessile; all covered with fine gray hairs.
Inflorescence: Many yellow flowers densely crowded along spike 6 to 36 inches long; each flower 1/4 to 1-1/8 inch across, 5 yellow petals, reddish anthers.
Bloom Period: March to November.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, "Wildflowes of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and www.texasinvasives.org.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Introduced
INVASIVE

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