Verbascum thapsus

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Verbascum thapsus, Linn. (V. Blattaria, J. A. Schmidt, not Linn. V. giganteum, Willk. V. Schraderi, Mey.). Common Mullein. Fig. 3909. Biennial, 2-6 ft. high, densely yellowish tomentose: radical lvs. oblong, crenulate, petioled; cauline lvs. decurrent from lf. to lf.: fls. yellow, fascicles forming spike; calyx tomentose, lobes lanceolate; corolla small, concave. Eu., especially N. and Cent., and Cent. Asia, also naturalized in N. Amer. Gn. 28, p. 148—A familiar weed in woods and uncultivated fields. Hybridizes very readily with other species. There is also a white form of the species. This plant varies considerably in the color and size of its fls., the denseness of its infl., and probably occurs under several trade names in Eu. A first-year rosette in a pot makes an attractive plant (Fig. 3909).

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