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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.      [104]

 

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