Common Mullein

Common Mulleins (Verbascum thapsus) are common along roadsides in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson. These weeds from Europe are biennial (bloom in their second year) and have yellow, 5-lobed flowers on tall stalks.

Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) flowers

The soft, felt-like leaves are in a basal rosette and are up to 20 inches (51 cm) long. These plants, besides having an attractive, dramatic form, have a number of medicinal and other uses. The wonderfully velvety leaves have been used as wicks and shoe liners.

Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)