Thursday 28 July 2016

Common Mullein

    Mullein is a weed I have often seen growing along the edges of roads.  It came to North America from Europe and has spread across the continent.  It has fuzzy leaves grows for two years, first as a low ground hugging plant, then shooting up the second year with these yellow flowers.  I read that in ancient times it used to be dipped in tallow then used as a torch and was called “witch’s stick.”
    I usually don’t pay much attention to it, but the other day I saw this one being back lit by the morning sun so took a photo. 

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