Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1594

Forb
Perennial/Biennial

Non-native: Eurasia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon GA Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate
Cauline leaves are sessile.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow/White
Bisexual
Weakly bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
5-parted 2-lipped rotate corolla
5 fertile exserted stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a raceme

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Verbascum blattaria   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Verbascum blattaria   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-12-001:
Verbascum blattaria   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Moth Mullein


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_vebl_001_lvd

        

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Gill Newberry    gn05_verbascum_blattaria

May        

Stem simple, rarely with secondary branches, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm130513_947

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm130513_949

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm130513_951

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm130513_954

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm130513_954b

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm140601_257

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm140601_259

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Cauline leaves glabrous, crenulate to dentate-serrate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm140601_269

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm140601_273

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm180601_2627b

June    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Flowers yellow or white; the 5 fertile stamens w woolly purple filaments, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm180601_2632

June    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

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JK Marlow    jkm180601_2635

June    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

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JK Marlow    jkm180601_2640b

June    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Hairs of the calyx & upper stem simple & glandular; pedicels longer than calyx, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm100707_002

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Fruit are dry, spherical capsules covered with glandular hairs, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm180716_3423

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180716_3426

July    Greenville County    SC

The terminal raceme is long and loose with a single flower at each node, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Moth Mullein, Wand Mullein, and Woolly Mullein

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Dan Whitten    sdw_mothmullein

July    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm100809_410b

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Seeds numerous, capsules septicidal [splitting open along chamber divisions], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm110821_287

August    Pickens County    SC

Hagood Mill