Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2355

Forb
Biennial

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

Uncommon in SC, rare in GA & NC

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

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full sun ...Variable ...Dry

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

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellow
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
5-parted 2-lipped rotate corolla
5 fertile exserted stamens
Superior ovary

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 virgatum   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Verbascum virgatum   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-12-002:
Verbascum virgatum   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein


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image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_953

May    Calhoun County    SC

Leaves may be hairy or may not [vs. leaves of V. blattaria glabrous], per www.CalFlora.net.

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_953b

May    Calhoun County    SC

Cauline leaves are lanceolate, crenate and sessile, per www.CalFlora.net.

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_954

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_954b

May    Calhoun County    SC

If you see multiple flowers [fruit] per node, it is virgatum not blattaria, per www.CalFlora.net.

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_956

May    Calhoun County    SC

Glandular hairs dense on the leaves and on the stems, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_958

May    Calhoun County    SC

Pedicels 1-3mm long, shorter than the calyx [vs. V. blattaria longer], per Weakley's Flora.


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

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_960

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_962

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_962b

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum

JK Marlow    jkm170520_963

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvvirgatum_moultrie1

May        SC

Lake Moultrie

The fuzzy stamens resemble a moth's antennae, hence one common name, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.

image of Verbascum virgatum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvvirgatum_moultrie2

May        SC

Lake Moultrie

Flowers usually 1 per node throughout inflorescence or lowermost nodes w more, per Weakley's Flora.