Is this a weed or flower

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Date Photo Taken: 06/14/2013
Location: Fayetteville, GA
Posted By: Robert Ladd


This large leaf plant started growing in in front yard island in early April. It is almost 3 feet high and wide. The leaves are very large, thick and kind of “fuzzy.” The second picture shows a head about to bloom…


  1. Buck Unregistered says:

    This is Great or Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus).

    June 15th, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  2. hortiphoto Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks like possibly a Verbascum. Some are weedy, others are cultivated. Yours looks like it could be Verbascum thapsus ( ), in which case you may not want it in your garden. Wait till it flowers, though, as it may turn out to be one of the pink-flowered forms.

    June 15th, 2013 at 8:06 pm
  3. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    If you like it where it is, it’s a flower. If not, it’s a weed…


    June 16th, 2013 at 10:23 am
  4. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Some of us grow mullien on purpose, other people like hortiphoto consider it a weed.

    It looks gorgeous in that large bare area, and I would be very happy with it.

    Once you start reading about mullien, you will discover that it has a variety of uses… from cowboy toilet paper, to a food/tea source, to asthmatic relief.

    Definitely a keeper!

    June 16th, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  5. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    I’m with stone on that one, which is why I made the somewhat snarkly comment. I think it looks great there, but your opinion might differ.

    June 17th, 2013 at 10:02 am

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