(Figwort) Verbascum thapsus
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1. Flower, Alpine Loop, Utah County, Utah - 2. 3. Plant, leaf, August 31, 2004 - Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah - ©Nicky Davis
Size: 2 to 6 feet tall Flower: 1 inch, yellow, 5 petaled flower on stalks Leaves: overlapping light green woolly Stems: up to 32 inches tall
Non-native, noxious, invasive plant from Europe. Also known as woolly mullein, flannel plant, velvet plant, big taper, velvet dock.
The leaf tea is recognized as a remedy for congestion. An oil infusion from the flowers is said to treat ear infections. Mullein contains
coumarin and rotenone that may be toxic in large doses. Indians used the seeds as a fish poison. The seeds should never be eaten.
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