Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1595

Forb
Biennial

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

Common

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

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

full sun ...Variable ...Dry

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

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Verbascum thapsus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-12-003:
Verbascum thapsus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

 

COMMON NAME:
Woolly Mullein, Common Mullein, Flannel-plant, Velvet-plant


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image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_veth_001_lvd

        

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

Gill Newberry    gn04_v_thapsis_plant

April        

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

JK Marlow    jkm0404g_37

April    Haywood County    NC

Roadside

Leaves densely woolly hairy, in a basal rosette & alternate spiral on stem, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

JK Marlow    jkm150607_260

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

Gill Newberry    gn07_v_thapsis_flowers

July        

Inflorescence dense and spike-like (at least initially), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

Gill Newberry    gn07_v_thapsus_habitat

July        

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

JK Marlow    jkm0507e_01

July    Fayette County    WV

Roadside

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

JK Marlow    jkm060709_029

July    Fayette County    WV

Leaves sessile, decurrent down the stem to the next leaf, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

JK Marlow    jkm060723_017

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Corolla yellow and 5-lobed, 15-25mm wide, within woolly 5-lobed sepals, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.


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

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

JK Marlow    jkm140724_093

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_verbascum_thapsus_10

July        

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

Tim Spira    tpsvthapsus

July        

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

JK Marlow    jkm111106_266

November    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

image of Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmverbascum_thapsus

Month Unknown