Verbascum thapsus – Common Mullein

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Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a non-native plant with a myriad of medicinal benefits.
Mullein can be found growing in sandy or rocky soil in full sun. It is often found in waste places.
Mullein is a biennial. The plant produces a basal rosette of fuzzy leaves it’s first year. The second year it sends up a flower stalk with yellow flowers that can reach up to 7 feet tall.
Mullein has edible leaves, flowers, and roots. The seeds are toxic. The plant can be turned into a tea, infused in oil, or smoked.
Mullein can be used for respiratory and lung health. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties and has been shown to be beneficial for Tuberculosis.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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