Plant A Day – Common Mullein

Common Mullein Verbascum thapsus

Common Mullein
Verbascum thapsus

I like to make fun of the taxonomists sometimes, but they really try to do a good job.  Here’s why.  The following is a list of the various common names I’ve found for Common Mullein:

Aaron’s Rod
Adam’s Flannel
Adams-Rod
Beggar’s Blanket
Beggar’s Stalk
Blanket Herb
Blanket Mullein
Bullicks Lungwort
Bullock’s Lungwort
Bunny’s Ears
Candlewick Plant
Clot
Clown’s Lungwort
Cowboy Toilet Paper
Cow’s Lungwort
Cuddy’s Lungs
Duffle
Feltwort
Flannelleaf
Fluffweed
Golden Rod
Great Mullein
Hag’s Taper
Hare’s Beard
Hig Candlewick
Ice-Leaf
Indian Rag Weed
Jacob’s Staff
Jupiter’s Staff
Lamb’s Ear
Miner’s Candle
Moses’ Blanket
Mullein Dock
Old Man’s Blanket
Old Man’s Flannel
Our Lady’s Blanket
Our Lady’s Flannel
Peter’s Staff
Poor Man’s Blanket
Rag Paper
Shepherd’s Club
Shepherd’s Staff
Torch Plant
Torches
Velvet Dock
Velvet Mullein
Velvet Plant
Verbascum Flowers
White Mullein
Wild Ice Leaf
Woollen
Woolly Mullein

The taxonomists are simply trying to come up with one name for this plant so they can talk about it in their scientific meetings.

Common Mullein is a biennial.  The first year is just a rosette of leaves

Common Mullein is a biennial. The first year is just a rosette of leaves

The leaves are velvety soft

The leaves are velvety soft

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Whole plant

Whole plant

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