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  1. #1
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    Default What is this plant?




    It gets as tall as 8' with the flower stem 18" or more long. My bees love it.

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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    Mullein is the common name, Verbascum thapsus to be proper.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbascum_thapsus

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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    It grows all over my area, but I've never seen it get more than about ten inches high, and they rarely produce more that a few flowers. Apparently the conditions are fine for their germination and growth, but not too good for blooming.
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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    I looked that plant up and that is how it does, nice bloom, but not in abundance. It can grow up to 10' tall. Here is just a little of what it says,

    Mullein is biennial, so it lives for two years. The first year, this plant grows a rosette, but no flower stalk. The rosette survives through Winter, and the flower stalk grows the second year. At the end of the second year, the plant dies.

    The rosette leaves are large and soft. They are bluish-green and grow up to 12 inches long and 5 inches wide. Most people compare the soft surface of a leaf to felt.

    Common Mullein flowers are yellow with five petals. Flowers are about an inch wide. They bloom a few at a time from June to September.

    Mullein produce huge numbers of seeds. One mullein plant may make over 100,000 seeds in a year. Seeds can survive almost any conditions and can last up to 100 years. Since mullein can't grow in shade, the seeds can lay in the soil, waiting until plants around them die or are removed.

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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    I can't tell from the picture. Are the leaves fuzzy? Mullein is fuzzy.
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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Walliebee View Post
    Mullein is the common name, Verbascum thapsus to be proper.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbascum_thapsus
    aka..."The toilet paper plant".

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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    Yep, that is it. The 2-year life span fits also. I was clipping my neighbors property and found about a 10 foot circle of these. My bees were thick on the open blooms. I left them.

    Michael, the leaves are fuzzy.

    Thanks to all, especially Walliebee for the link to the pic.

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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    You could buy Mullein cigarettes for asthma when I was a kid... it is a natural broncodilator...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    Cool! I want to find some seed
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    - Gypsi, let me see if the stems are still holding anythng i recognize as seed. If I can find some, I would gladly mail it to you. Or dig a plant when the ground thaws- aweed here. It is also usefull for thickening stew and a poultice for wounds. Also used to stop bleeding from wounds.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsi View Post
    Cool! I want to find some seed

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    Default Re: What is this plant?

    Thank you Vance.
    I used to make a tea of it, for my sinuses,would have a
    Use for it
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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