What are these plants in pic?

skippymud(NYState z6)June 30, 2013

Hi Folks, We live in lower hudson valley NY, zone 6. In pic, the leaves are velvety soft, the plant currently stands about 6.5ft tall and grows fast fast fast. We don't remember these from last year...

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kchd(7b/8a MS)

It is hard for me to tell definitively from the photo, but my best guess is common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) based on your description. You could do a search for common mullein and see if that looks like the plant you have.

Here is a link that might be useful: Common mullein

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:18PM
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skippymud(NYState z6)

Unreal! Thanks kchd! I believe you are right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbascum_thapsus

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 10:48AM
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skippymud(NYState z6)

Hi kchd,

I have included a close-up of the buds. Mullein?

Ken

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 12:03PM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

It sure does look like common mullein! Too bad it's a naughty invasive. You could always use those velvety leaves for toilet paper [chuckle]

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 8:18PM
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grandmachris

Common mullein is biennial for me. The first year plants are large silver gray rosettes; the corncob blooms come the second year. We have a stone wall built by early inhabitants of our 1830 house (that's old in Indiana). The wall retains our yard but the land drops off sharply behind it. It is visible from a good distance away from the other side of a half acre pond. When things work out the way I want there are a variety of hardy geraniums at the foot of the 6+ foot tall wall with a few rudbeckia triloba also biennial scattered along and somewhere in the 15 foot long wall picture one or two mullein. In special falls Virginia Creeper
turns cordovan red where it hangs over the top of the wall.

I've tried some of the cultivated verbascums but none of them are as impressive as common mullein.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 11:01PM
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