From floppy flannel
velvet green leaves,
a friendly casual shrub
just hanging out,
a towering stalk
like a spear
I finally identified this wild plant as Mullein, not from thumbing through a field guide, but with one quick internet search for a plant that ‘looks like corn’. Its visual profile resembles corn, but with velvety leaves and a flower spike, it’s not like corn at all and is a member of the Snapdragon family.
Some people love these plants and grow them in flower gardens. There are many varieties. For herbalists, Mullein are known as a source of traditional remedies. For me, the young plants, even younger than shown in my first photo, are quite attractive. As they mature location becomes a factor. They are so huge that sometimes a towering stalk can feel like an obstruction–in the fall the stalks become hard wooden sticks.
Mullein is also known as: Velvet plant, Verbascum Flowers, Woolen Blanket Herb, Bullock’s Lungwort, Flannel Flower, Shepherd’s Club, Hare’s Beard, Pig Taper, and Cow’s Lungwort.
A thank you to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow, which gave me a nudge to gather photos, identify, and write about these plants.
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