Moth Mullein (Verbascum blattaria)


Moth Mullein Verbascum blattaria L.


Moth mullein is an erect biennial 2-4 ft tall with slender stems, glandular-pubescent above. The alternate leaves are a basal rosette during the first year, petiolate, oblong to narrowly triangular, and doubly serrate. The upper leaves are sessile, partly clasping, and ovate-lanceolate. The inflorescence is a terminal, solitary raceme of yellow, pink, or white flowers. The corolla has 5 fused petals and 5 lobes. The white corollas are tinged pinkish-purple at the throat and the yellow corollas are tinged red. The fruit is an ovoid brown capsule.