* Flower head club-like, pale green, covered on all sides with yellow
* Leaves large, pale green, with a soft flannel-like texture, clasping
* Height: 2-6'.
* Flowers June - September.
* Habitat: Roadsides, poorly drained meadows, waste places.
* Range: Nearly throughout.
* Introduced from Europe.
* The candle-like spikes of mullein were once used, actually, as candles.
In 1657, naturalist William Cole wrote that, "The elder age used the
stalks dipped in suet to burn, whether at funerals or for private use." Miners
in the American west also burned mullein stalks.
* Mullein leaves have been used for various medicinal purposes,
such as curing dysentery, coughs, and gout, and as a narcotic
to induce sleep.
* The word "mullein" comes from the Middle English moleyne and
the Old French moleine, and originally from the Latin mollis,
meaning 'soft' and referring to the leaves.