Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Keys usually state that this species has unbranched inflorescences; however, short flowering shoots from upper leaf axils make it look like the inflorescence is branched. The central, terminal spike is longer and narrower than that of V. thapsus, with the flowers much less crowded. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
Clasping Mullein, Orange Mullein
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Bruce A. Sorrie bas_v_phlomoides1
Leaves densely tomentose; basal and lower stem leaves distinctly petiolate, per Weakley's Flora (2020).
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_v_phlomoides2
Middle to upper stem leaves sessile to clasping, slightly or not decurrent, per Weakley's Flora (2020).
COMPARE Clasping Mullein, Moth Mullein, Wand Mullein, and Woolly Mullein
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_v_phlomoides3
Similar to V. thaspus, but often branched and the inflorescence interrupted, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.