Native mullein look-alike?

shelley_r(7b NC)May 7, 2005

Are there any native plants that look like mullein? I have 2 plants that I dug at a native plant rescue. Now I'm wondering what they are. They have the gray fuzzy leaves like mullein. Are there any natives that look like that? I just want to be sure before I pull them out. Thanks,

Shelley

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esh_ga

Black eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta) has fuzzy leaves.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2005 at 9:55PM
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brenda_near_eno(Z7a)

I had a mystery plant finally solved after a year that may be your also. Is it Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum)?

Here is a link that might be useful: Wild Comfrey

    Bookmark   May 8, 2005 at 5:15AM
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shelley_r(7b NC)

Esh, it's not Rudbeckia.

Brenda, I wasn't familiar with Wild Comfrey. Thanks for the link. But it's not that either.

The leaves are very large, gray, thick, and fuzzy. Unless I hear from someone else that can identify it as a native plant real soon, out it goes. I need the space for the native seedlings that I winter-sowed. Thanks everyone.

Shelley

    Bookmark   May 8, 2005 at 6:56AM
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esh_ga

Shelley, you can pot it up for further identification later (when it gets bigger or flowers). Some of us do that with our unknown rescues (so that if it turns out to be a bad thing we can toss it then). Can you post a picture of it?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2005 at 8:17AM
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rweiler(NM Zone 6-7)

My sister and I have been trying to identify our own Mullein look-alike. It was sold at a reputable nursery as lamb's ear. When it grew 3 feet in the last 2 months, it was clear we were not dealing with lamb's ear. It looks like the photos of Mullein that I've seen with the exception that it's blooms are light pink. I have read Mullein does have some new hybrids. Anyone have any thoughts?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 7:07PM
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esh_ga

How about this one?

Here is a link that might be useful: Pink verbascum

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 10:28PM
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well_drained(z6a MA)

King devil? (Dandelion-like non-native.)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 8:31PM
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dogbane23(z4MN)

It could be Salvia sclarea which is an biennial, but behaves just as bad as Mullein. In West Coast states it is a noxious weed

    Bookmark   August 6, 2005 at 1:42AM
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vbain

Mullein (AKA verbascum) is a native, but you should let it bloom. If you don't like it, cut of the bloomstalk, then it won't spread

    Bookmark   August 7, 2005 at 9:55AM
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shelley_r(7b NC)

I determined that my plant was mullein, which is NOT native. It went in the compost bin.

Shelley

    Bookmark   August 7, 2005 at 11:33AM
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