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moth mullein
Verbascum blattaria L.

Overview

Appearance
Verbascum blattaria is a perennial plant that can grow 2-4 ft. (0.6-1.2 m) tall and is usually unbranched.
Foliage
Basal leaves from a rosette 8-12 in. (20.3-30.5 cm) across. Stem leaves are alternate, up to 6 in. (15.2 cm) long, and lanceolate with margins that are usually crenate. Lower leaves clasp the stems but the upper leaves are more likely to be sessile.
Flowers
Flowers are up to 1 in. (2.5 cm) across and have 5 white to pale yellow petals with some purple coloring close to the center. The blooming period occurs during the summer.
Fruit
Fruit is a round, hairy, fleshy, 0.3 in. (0.85 cm) long, greenish capsule containing many small dark brown seeds with wavy ridges.
Ecological Threat
Verbascum blattaria prefers highly disturbed areas including pastures, vacant lots, roadsides, and abandoned fields. It is native to Eurasia.

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Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Genus: Verbascum

Other System Links

Plants: VEBL
Bayer: VESBL
GRIN: 102317
ITIS: 33389
NPDN Pest: PEUAOBA
NPDN Host: 36492

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
white moth mullein

Categories

Category: Forbs/Herbs