Mullein - Verbascum thapsus
Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
Hardy to Zones 3 to 8
Start mullein by scattering seeds in the springtime and tamping securely without covering (it needs light to germinate). Mullein isn't too picky when it comes to soil or water for that matter - but be sure to plant in full sun. Thin or transplant to 2 ft apart.
In its first year, mullein makes a beautiful, large rosette and it its second year a tall, straight, flowering stalk (see photos 2 & 3).
The leaves can be used for tea or for smoke - super soothing to the lungs. The flowers are traditionally infused fresh into oil (along with garlic) to create a soothing ear oil.
Each packet contains over 200 seeds harvested from my garden in 2018.