Mullein, Verbascum thapsus
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This naturalized European native is a multi-use biennial. The rosette of leaves develop in the first year, then the second year flowering stalks reaching 4-5 feet shoot up creating yellow flowers. Mullein can take dry, gravely soils and reseeds if the flowers are not harvested.
PART USED: leaves and flowers
FUNCTION: The leaves are useful for lung issues. Traditionally, the leaves were lit and the smoke inhaled to assist tight lungs, but they are also useful in teas. The flowers are collected and sun infused in oil to protect and balance ear conditions.