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Lynx Creek - ss

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Verbascum thapsus - common mullein

Other Common Names: flannel mullein, blanketweed, woolly mullein, velvet plant
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Scrophulariaceae

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Young plant - leaves
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Seed pods
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Biennial
General Desc: Common mullein is a European import that has become naturalized. It has large, soft, flannel-like leaves, which gives it its other common name, Flannel Mullein. Early colonists and Native Americans lined their footwear with leaves for warmth.
Height: To 6 feet


Habitat Description: Roadsides, open areas and disturbed places.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 5000 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jun - Sep
Description: The second year of its two-year cycle, 5-petaled yellow flowers bloom along a 12 to 24 inch spikelike cluster at the top of a 2 to 6 foot stem. The approximately 1 inch wide flowers open from the top down.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or Oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The first year of its two-year cycle, common mullein produces a basal rosette of large velvety leaves to 15 inches long. The second year, upper leaves clasp a 2 to 6 foot stem and become progressively smaller toward the top.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: The woolly egg-shaped seedpods are 2-chambered and contain numerous tiny seeds.
Seed Notes: Seeds are small, angular, brownish to 1/32 inch long.

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