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Is this Mullein / Mugwort

Posted by pdrayton Florida (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 17, 09 at 15:06

Found this at the side of the road, and it looks like a version of mullein (according to Foster's Medicinal herbs of the southeast) but it is not exactly.

Anyway, can anybody positively ID it?
Pictures are here


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RE: Is this Mullein / Mugwort

Paul. Mullein and mugwort are two different plants. Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a biennial and Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is a perennial. Mullein has a spike of tightly growing yellow flowers. Mugwort has very tiny whitish flowers. Neither is what you have. It looks like you might have something in the lettuce family.

RE: Is this Mullein / Mugwort

Take it to a nursery, or to your local agricultural authority, or to a horticulture school, or to your botanical gardens for expert identification.

Don't even THINK about using it it any way until you know with absolute certainty what it is.

RE: Is this Mullein / Mugwort

herbalbetty is right. Mullein has some fuzz on the leaves. I hope this is of assistance to you.

RE: Is this Mullein / Mugwort

Paul - I believe you do have a mullein there, ie it IS a Verbascum, but not V. thapsus. I can't tell you which one because I am not familiar with US plants. As HB says mugwort is a different plant entirely. I suggest you post your pictures over on the 'Name that plant' forum here on GW where someone will almost certainly id it for you.

RE: Is this Mullein / Mugwort

Looks like Moth Mullein, Verbascum blattaria, to me. See what you think.


Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images - Moth Mullein

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