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Wash near Prescott Dump - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Verbascum blattaria - moth mullein

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Scrophulariaceae

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Wash near Prescott Dump
Wash near Prescott Dump
Wash near Prescott Dump
Plant - summer
Wash near Prescott Dump
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Biennial
General Desc: Has erect green stems. Considered a weed introduced from Europe but now naturalized in the US. Obtained common name of moth mullein because hairy stamen filaments resemble a moth's antennae and flattened flowers on stem resemble resting moth.
Height: 5 feet


Habitat Description: Fields, roadsides and wastelands.
Plant Communities: Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 6000 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Aug - Sep
Description: Flowers are yellow but sometimes white. Has 5 rounded, slightly unequal, flat lobes to 1-1/4 inch wide. Anthers are reddish-orange with purplish hairs on stamen filaments. Clustered along slender, erect spike in raceme pattern.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Strap-like to 5 inches long and decreasing in length toward flowers. Basal leaves appear lobed with toothed margin.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Fruit is rounded capsule with many seeds.

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Yavapai County
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