Common mullein leaves are grayish with soft, velvety hairs. The plant is a biennial, living for two years. In its first year, it grows leaves in a basal rosette (see the bottom photo). In its second year, it sends up a flower stalk and produces seeds.
- Family: figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
- Habitat: fields, roadsides & waste places
- Height: 2 to 8 feet
- Flower size: 3/4 to 1 inch across
- Flower color: yellow
- Flowering time: July to September
- Origin: Europe
The basal (lowest) leaves of common mullein are large and fuzzy.