Moth Mullein

Moth_Mullein_jpgThis family (Scrophulariaceae) commonly called the Figwort or Snapdragon Family consists of 224 genera and 4,450 species of herbs and a few shrubs and trees.  Members of this family are cultivated as ornamental including Snapdragons, Slipper-Flowers and the Empress-Tree.Mullein is derived from Latin mollis meaning soft and alluding to the “woolly” leaves of these plants. Mollis is the root for mollify, emollient and mollusk–soft marine invertebrate creatures known as the “soft ones”. The scientific name of this specie (blattaria) is derived from “Blatta” meaning cockroach.  Moth Mullein is said to repel cockroaches and mice.

OtherCommonName:

Slippery Mullein

ScientificName:

Verbascum blattaria

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Naturalized Native of Eurasia

LifeSpan:

Biennial

PlantHeight:

to 4 feet

FruitingTime:

June to September

Distribution:

New England to Florida ~ West to Mississippi River ~ Statewide in NJ

FloweringTime:

Late May to September

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Slender stem ~ Leave triangular to oblong, attached to the base without a stalk ~ Flowers yellow with 5 petals on a single stalk