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Verbascum blattaria - L.

Common Name Moth Mullein
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waste places in damp ground. Rather rare and not persisting, it is possibly an introduced species[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from the Netherlands south and east to N. Africa, west and central Asia.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Verbascum blattaria Moth Mullein


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Verbascum blattaria Moth Mullein
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Verbascum blattaria is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from June to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Repellent

The plant repels insects, it is used indoors to repel moths and cockroaches[124]. Dynamic accumulator.

Special Uses

Dynamic accumulator

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, and prefers a sunny position[187, 200]. Dislikes shade[200]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. Hybridizes with other members of this genus, though the progeny are usually sterile[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow late spring to early summer in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[200]. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in late summer. The seed has a long viability[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

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Verbascum densiflorumMulleinBiennial1.2 4-8  LMHNDM022
Verbascum lychnitisWhite MulleinBiennial1.0 5-9  LMHNDM002
Verbascum nigrumDark Mullein, Black mulleinBiennial/Perennial1.0 4-8  LMHNDM032
Verbascum phlomoidesWooly Mullein, Orange mulleinBiennial/Perennial1.2 5-9  LMHNDM032
Verbascum pulverulentumHoary Mullein, Broad-leaf mulleinBiennial1.8 3-7  LMHNDM012
Verbascum thapsusGreat Mullein, Common mullein, Aaron's Rod, Flannel Plant, Hag Taper, Mullein, Torches, Velvet PlantBiennial1.8 3-8 FLMHNDM134

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

Prof. Max Fochtmann   Sat Jun 30 2007

In the Russian traditional medicine the use of Verbascum blattaria is distincly NOT advised, although other species of Verbascum are widely used there.

Ian   Tue Jul 24 2007

There are suggestions that the flowering parts of the plant are sedative.

edot forums Discussion on identification and psychoactive effects of Moth Mullein

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