Sunday, July 12, 2009

Common Mullein

Verbascum thapsus It has many names
including Great Mullein, Velvet Wort, Hig Candlewick, Adams rod.
Felt wort, Hare's beard, Ice leaf, Beggar's blanket, Flannel,
Wooly wort, Shepard's staff, and more. It is a hardy biennial
which produces a rosette of leaves the first year and a tall stem
with dense flowers in the second year and then it dies. It requires
winter dormancy before it flowers. the dormancy is linked to
starch degradation in the root which is activated by low temperatures.
Flowers bloom for a single day opening in the morning and closing
in the afternoon.
This is one of the first wildflowers in our garden many years ago.

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