|common mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
common mullein (Verbascum thapsus; FIGWORT FAMILY [Scrophulariaceae]) A distinctive and imposing biennial that is common on disturbed sites throughout the state. First year plant a low-growing rosette 1-2’ across. Grows to 7’ tall during the second year with large alternate leaves near the base and progressively smaller leaves higher up. Stem and leaves densely covered with branched hairs giving the plant a pale grey-green color and velvety texture. Central stem terminates in a dense spike of yellow flowers during late summer. Main stalk and seed capsules persist through winter. From Eurasia. 
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