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Native to Europe, Africa, and Asia, the Great
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) has been
introduced to Australia and North America as well. This
flowering plant is also known as the Common Mullein.
The Great Mullein is a biennial flowering
plant that can reach heights of just over 2 metres.
This plant sports a large rosette of leaves from which
a large straight stem protrudes. The top of this stem
holds the Great Mullein's flowers,
which are small, yellow, and tightly grouped together.
The Great Mullein grows best in and
prefers sunny and disturbed soils, but is hardy and
can grow in a variety of environments. It is considered
a common weed, and can spread quickly as it produces
seeds at a quick rate. However, Great Mullein
does need open soil to germinate properly. This and
the fact that it does not like shade has kept the plant
from being too invasive.
Common uses of Great Mullein are mainly herbal remedies
for coughs and topical skin issues, but it also has
astringent characteristics. The Great Mullein
was also used to make torches due to it's long, stiff