Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Mullein - Verbascum thapsus   L.
Members of Scrophulariaceae:
Members of Verbascum with account distribution info or public map:
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Section 6 » Order Scrophulariales » Family Scrophulariaceae
DistributionThroughout the state; probably in every county.

Native of Europe; in N.A. throughout the US and most of Canada.
AbundanceCommon throughout, except uncommon in the Sandhills proper.
HabitatA wide variety of disturbed sites, such as fields, meadows, pastures, barnyards, campus weed, roadsides, railroads, waste ground, granitic flatrocks, rock outcrops.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-September.
IdentificationThis familiar plant grows from a basal rosette of large elliptical leaves that taper to the base. The stems can reach 6-7 feet tall but are usually less; the leaves are progressively smaller up the stem. The stem and leaves are densely tomentose with woolly hairs that impart a gray-green color to the plant. The inflorescence is terminal, thick, and unbranched, with the large yellow flowers without spaces between them.
Taxonomic Comments
Other Common Name(s)Woolly Mullein, Great Mullein
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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US Status
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B.A. SorrieSame data. MoorePhoto_non_natural
B.A. SorriePiedmont, Iredell soil area S of Carbonton, June 2015. MoorePhoto_non_natural

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