homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner
Verbascum densiflorum - Bertol.
                 
Common Name Mullein
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waste places, railway embankments and similar dry sunny localities[9].
Range C. Europe. Occasionally naturalized in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Verbascum densiflorum Mullein


commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Magnus_Manske
Verbascum densiflorum Mullein
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Verbascum_densiflorum_Sturm18.jpg
   
Physical Characteristics
 icon of manicon of flower
Verbascum densiflorum is a BIENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
V. thapsiforme. Schrader.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Anodyne;  Antirheumatic;  Antiseptic;  Astringent;  Demulcent;  Diuretic;  Emollient;  Expectorant;  
Pectoral;  Vulnerary.

The flowers and leaves are anodyne, antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, expectorant and vulnerary[4, 9, 13, 21, 46, 53, 165, 238]. An infusion is used internally in the treatment of various respiratory complaints including coughs, bronchitis, asthma and throat irritations[9, 238]. An infusion of the fresh or dried flowers in olive oil is used to treat earaches, sores, wounds, boils etc[238]. The plant is harvested when in flower and should be dried quickly and with care or it will lose its medicinal qualities[9, 238].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, preferring a sunny position[200]. Dislikes shade and wet soils[200]. Thrives on chalk[200]. Prefers a light soil[200]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. This species is closely related to V. phlomoides[200]. Hybridizes with other members of this genus, though the progeny are usually sterile[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow late spring to early summer in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[200]. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in late summer. The seed has a long viability[200].

Books by Plants For A Future

Other Names
Found In
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Verbascum blattariaMoth Mullein00
Verbascum lychnitisWhite Mullein00
Verbascum nigrumDark Mullein, Black mullein03
Verbascum phlomoidesWooly Mullein, Orange mullein03
Verbascum pulverulentumHoary Mullein, Broad-leaf mullein01
Verbascum thapsusGreat Mullein, Common mullein, Aaron's Rod, Flannel Plant, Hag Taper, Mullein, Torches, Velvet Plant13
Plant Suppliers: Click here for a List

      You can download this page as a PDF

Due to a fault in the PDF printer we are trying a few different options. Please try the one below

 

Print Friendly and PDF
Expert comment
 
Author
Bertol.
Botanical References
200
Links / References
For a list of references used on this page please go here
Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
hawthornewitch Fri Nov 11 2005
i used an ifusion of the leaves of mullein with a little honey to treat kennel cough for my dog jasper it seemed to work very well and eased a lot of the symptoms. I grow it in my herb garden and it makes a great cover plant.
Elizabeth H.
shamanofthemicrocosm Thu Dec 15 2005
although the decoction recipe changes each time I make it, Mullein is a consistent ingredient in a cough medicine I make for myself and friends at college, in a communal living situation, where there is almost no choice but to share our bugs with each other. I've managed to consistently avoid serious bronchial infection using it 'cause of the antiseptic qualities, and beat a case of strep throat I had where my test results were mishandled by our school's health services and returned late. Plus, mullein oil is far more pleasant to the ear canal than vinegar or alcohol when it comes to treating ear infections, and totally effective for the necessary shift in pH that allows your ear to fight back proper.
Elizabeth H.
Indiana Uplander Tue Jul 11 2006
Other Uses: Toilet paper....Growing up in the hills of the southern Indiana uplands, we learned at an early age that the best field expedient toilet paper was the mullein plant or as it was more appreciatively referred to........."Hunter's Delight!".
Elizabeth H.
Alan Balchin Mon Aug 18 2008
A selfset plant grew from the base of our plum tree & reached a height of 244cms (8ft) Could this be a normal height?
Elizabeth H.
Darren Frohawk Mon Jul 13 2009
Darren, Norfolk. 13-07-2009 I have regularly seen this plant in UK from between 6 to 8 feet high where conditions apply but have also seen in wales fully grown in a wall at a hight of 8 inches
QR Code

What's this?

This is a QR code (short for Quick Response) which gives fast-track access to our website pages. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone (smartphone) cameras. This QR Code is unique to this page. All plant pages have their own unique code. For more information about QR Codes click here.

1. Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts.
2. Smartphone users scan the QR Code which automatically takes them to the webpage the QR Code came from.
3. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf.org website on their phone.
Add a comment/link

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. If you think a comment/link or information contained on this page is inaccurate or misleading we would welcome your feedback at admin@pfaf.org. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.

* Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information.

To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Subject : Verbascum densiflorum  

Plant Uses

Edible Uses
Medicinal Uses
Other Plant uses
Woodland Gardening
Why Perennial Plants?
Top Edible Plants
Top Medicinal Plants
Garden Design
Habitats
Translations

Twiter      Facebook

Content

Content Help
Bookshop
Support Us
Blog
Links
Old Database Search
Suppliers
Contact
About Us
News
Sign In

PFAF Newsletter

Stay informed about PFAFs progress,
challenges and hopes by signing up for
our free email ePost. You will receive
a range of benefits including:
* Important announcements and news
* Exclusive content not on the website
* Updates on new information &
functionality of the website & database

We will not sell or share your email address.
You can unsubscribe at anytime.