Mullein, Common (Verbascum thapsus) - 100 Seeds

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Mullein Verbascum, Common (Verbascum thapsus) - 100 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 4-9

Known for its soft, fuzzy pale leaves and its tall yellow flower spikes, this is a striking wild plant with healing qualities. Verbascum thapsus can often be found growing in open fields, along roadsides, and in other disturbed areas. Mullein does especially well in areas with well-draining soil and direct sunlight. A member of the Scrophulariaceae family, it has large light green, soft foliage similar in appearance to lamb’s ear. The leaves and flowers are collected and used fresh or dried. Mullein can grow up to seven feet in height in ideal conditions. It is characterized by a rosette of long fuzzy pale green leaves that sprout a pinnacle of tightly packed, bright yellow flowers in its second year. This biennial blooms throughout the summer and develops seed pods in autumn. Shortly after the seed pods drop the plant will die.

Medicinal Properties:
Mullein leaf is a highly-regarded, safe lung tonic of particular use for respiratory ailments, such as asthma, laryngitis, chronic bronchitis, and dry coughs. The leaves have an expectorant and soothing effect on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. Mullein is one herb recommended for children and adults to add to nearly all respiratory formulas. It can be considered to have a general tonic effect on the lungs. It is pleasant-tasting and not harsh, so the herb can be used as desired. The oil, made by infusing mullein flowers in olive oil, is beneficial for earache and inflammation. Two to five drops are placed in the ear several times daily. Mullein is also cleansing to the lymphatic system and is helpful for relieving skin problems, such as psoriasis.

Planting Instructions:
Plant indoors before frost to get a head start by broadcasting over a potting mix and later dividing and potting up or surface-sow seeds in spring in 60-70° soil, gently pressing into place. Thin to 1-2 feet apart. Remove spent blooms to prevent seed formation, control spreading.

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