Weed of the week: Common Mullein | SummitDaily.com

Weed of the week: Common Mullein

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common mullein

– Biennial plant that produces a rosette of large, thick, fuzzy leaves the first year and a single stout erect stem 2-feet tall to 6-feet tall the second year.

– Leaves are light green and very wooly.

– Flowers are yellow and grouped in a “corn cob” shape appearing in Summit County July through September.

-Each plant produces 100,000 -180,000 seeds per plant and can remain viable for 100 years.

– Reproduces by seeds that germinate in early spring.

– Introduced from Eurasia for use as an herbal remedy.

-Historically used as candlewicks because of its dense spike of flowers.

– Mullein rosettes should be dug or pulled as soon as they are big enough to grab, but before they flower and produce seed.

– Plants are easiest to pull after a rain when soil is soft. The crown must be completely removed so that the plant does not re-flower.

– Mullein can be mowed to prevent flowering and seed production. As with most weeds, a dense cover of existing vegetation can prevent infestations of Mullein.

– Since Mullein has such large, soft, supple leaves it is often called the Campers Friend.

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