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Date Photo Taken: 06/28/2012
Location: Fayette County, GA
Posted By: Ackert Station


About 2 feet in diameter, 15″ tall in July, light green 12″ leaves, thick velvety leaves. I see these plants growing near old house sites in full sun. Wondering if this was some kind of cultivated crop or flower grown by the inhabitants four score or more years ago.


  1. Kirk Unregistered says:

    Common mullien

    Its a fun plant that will have tall stalks of small yellow flowers. There are a lot of folk remedies associated with this plant.

    July 3rd, 2012 at 2:10 pm
  2. stone Unregistered says:

    Mullien (Verbascum thapsus) introduced from Europe.
    While there are a number of verbascums that have been developed by the hybridizers for the flower garden, common mullien is generally not cultivated.

    Some people use it as toilet paper.
    herbalists use it for asthma and other ailments.

    I like it in the flower garden, I think it’s pretty.

    July 3rd, 2012 at 3:02 pm
  3. Buck Unregistered says:

    It is mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.) Pretty plant for a native garden – tall stem with yellow flowers.

    July 3rd, 2012 at 3:46 pm
  4. Angelyn Flower Fanatic says:

    This is a Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus). It has a two year life cycle with a tall spike of yellow flowers in its second year. The plant has medicinal properties which may account for your seeing it around old house sites.

    July 3rd, 2012 at 6:00 pm
  5. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    This is common mullein which I think is an uncommonly attractive weed. This link from Virginia Tech has pictures of various stages of its development.
    You may be interested in knowing that a common name for it is Cowboy toilet paper. Just thinking that may explain why our four score or more ancestors were glad to have it around!

    July 3rd, 2012 at 8:03 pm

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