Genus Verbascum
Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae)

Mullein Plants
   Along Utah Highway U-24

(Verbascum thapsus)

The mullein plant was introduced from Europe, and has become very widespread. They grow on dry hillsides and along the sides of roads. The leaves are grayish green, and are covered with soft hairs so that they feel like flannel or velvet.
During the second year of the plant's life, a flowering stalk grows up to 5 or 6 feet tall. The flowers are yellow, and bloom a few at a time near the tops of the stalks.

Flowers on a Mullein Stalk


by Sandra Bray