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Great Mullein Seeds

Mullein is a very striking and unusual looking plant. You only need to have it pointed out to you once and you will always remember this tall, woolly plant with candle-like spikes of flowers. Mullein can be found growing wild in old fields, roadsides, and various habitats throughout the United States. It does well in dry, sandy conditions, especially in alkaline soil, so it’s especially common near the seashore. Archeologists sometimes look for Indian sites where there’s lots of mullein, because the lime from the Indian shell piles increases soil alkalinity, encouraging this plant to proliferate

The many uses and unique appeal of Great Mullein have caused it to be given many names, most of which either describe its fuzzy texture or its resemblance to a candle. The Romans called the herb verbascum from the Latin barba, to mean "beard." Some historians believe that the common name is derived from the Latin mollis to mean "soft." Still others contend that its name comes from the Latin word for "malady" or malandrium suggesting its medicinal virtue.

The similarity the flower stalk bears to a candle was probably once seen to have a great practical purpose since the stalk was once dipped in tallow and set aflame as a torch. Hence the Anglo-Saxon name of haege to mean "hedge taper." Such torches, known as "Latines Cadela Regia," were once used during rituals and carried in funeral processions.

In Europe and Asia the power of driving away evil spirits was ascribed to Mullein. An old superstition existed that witches used lamps and candles that had mullein wicks, which gives the plant another of its names, “Hags Taper".

In India, Mulien it has the reputation among the natives as a sure safeguard against evil spirits and magic, and from the ancient classics we learn that it was this plant which Ulysses took to protect himself against the wiles of Circe.

The flowers were valued by Roman women for the yellow dye they yield. They used an infusion of the flowers to dye their hair a golden color. Ancient scripts explain that the ashes of the plant made into a soap will "restore hair which has become gray to its original color". The fuzzy leaves were also known to be worn as stockings to provide extra warmth in cold months

Medicinally, Mullein is believed to have a plethora of uses ranging from its most common use as a cough suppressant for colds, emphysema, asthma, hay fever, and whooping cough to a remedy for bruises, insect bites, hemorrhoids and earache. A poultice was sometimes made from the leaves or flowers as a treatment for burns and boils. The leaves were once smoked as a remedy for asthma, bronchitis and other inflammatory disorders. Mullein is also believed to hold anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties.

The whole plant is said to possess sedative and narcotic properties.

Also available:
Silver Mullein Seeds
Dried Mullein Leaf
Additional Details
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee)
  • Genus: Verbascum (ver-BASK-um)
  • Species: thapsus (THAP-sus)
  • AKA: Adam's Flannel, Beggar's Blanket, Candlewick Plant, Common Mullein, Flannel Mullein, Flannel Plant, Hag's Taper, Jupiter's Staff, Molene, Mullein, Velvet Dock, Velvet Plant, Woolly Mullin, Lungwort, Shepherd's staff, Velvet dock and torches.
  • Category: Biennials, Herbs
  • Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m), 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m), 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
  • Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
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  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Color: Bright Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Mid Spring, Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall
  • Foliage: Grown for foliage, Silver/Gray, Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
  • Soil Requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alakaline), 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
  • Propagation Methods: From seed, sow outdoors in fall
  • Other Details: An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, and prefers a sunny position. Dislikes shade and wet soils. The leaves (first season) at the base of the stem form a rosette of numerous, large, 6 to 15 inches long and up to 5 inches broad, but become smaller as they ascend the stem, on which they are arranged on alternate sides. They are whitish with a soft, dense mass of hairs on both sides, which make them feel very furry and thick. The root is a long taproot with a fibrous outer cover and fleshy inside. The flower-spike (second season) has been known to attain a height of 7 or 8 feet, covered with densely crowded, sulphur-yellow, flowers about an inch across with five rounded petals. Blooming during July and August. Harvest the entire plant when in bloom and dry for later herb use.

    This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping. Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season.

    Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.

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