Jun 22 2009
Moth Mullein, Verbascum blattaria, is blooming now in waste places and along roadsides in western Pennsylvania.
Though non-native this biennial doesn’t tend to invade natural areas because it prefers disturbed soil. Its five-petaled white or pale yellow flowers grow on a tall showy spike 2-4 feet high that blooms from bottom to top. When blooming it’s hard to miss.
This month I’ve seen moth mullein in my neighborhood, in Schenley Park and along roadsides. A big crop must have seeded two years ago.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)