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Common Mullein - Verbascum thapsus
Other Names:  Great Mullein, Velvet Plant, Woolly Mullein

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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General Description
Stems erect, simple, 40–150 cm. Herbage yellow-tomentose with stellate hairs. Basal leaf blades oblanceolate to obovate, 5–40 cm long, entire to shallowly serrate. Stem leaves reduced upward, lanceolate, basally decurrent on the stem. Inflorescence a spike-like panicle. Flowers: calyx 4–10 mm long; corolla yellow, 15–20 mm across; filaments of upper anthers yellow-villous. Capsule 7–10 mm long, stellate-hairy(Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Non-native; throughout most of North America.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 4811

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Disturbed, often stony soil of grasslands, meadows, open forest, talus slopes, roadsides; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).


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