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Native mullein look-alike?

Posted by Shelley_R 7b NC (My Page) on
Sat, May 7, 05 at 18:24

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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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

Black eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta) has fuzzy leaves.


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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

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


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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

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


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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

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?


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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

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?


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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

How about this one?

Here is a link that might be useful: Pink verbascum


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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

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


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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

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


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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


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RE: Native mullein look-alike?

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

Shelley


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