Sunday, October 16, 2011

common mullein

This is Verbascum thapsus of the family Scrophulariaceae:

The above flower was photographed along AL 51 south of Opelika, Alabama in late September, 2011.  It was introduced to the United States and has been quite successful, being found as far north as Greenland. According to Wikipedia, V. thapsus is a native of Europe and has been used for medicinal purposes for the last 2000 years.  It seems to possess anti-cough and expectorant properties. 

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