Jun 22 2009

June Blooms: Moth Mullein

Published by at 7:40 am under Phenology,Plants,Schenley Park

Moth Mullien (photo by Dianne Machesney)

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)

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3 Responses to “June Blooms: Moth Mullein”

  1. faith Cornellon 22 Jun 2009 at 8:23 am

    8:23 Mon. 6/22; There is somebody at GT. Is it Louie? If so he was there very early today also. Keep waiting for “the child:” Faith

  2. christineon 22 Jun 2009 at 9:03 am

    That is beautiful and it is blooming in my neighborhood as well. I must say that Dianne did an EXCELLENT job taking this picture. I don’t think the beauty could have been captured so perfectly…

  3. Derek Juppon 15 Jun 2012 at 10:26 am

    A Friend Of Mine Found This Growing Curbside, Windsor Ontario Canada. Beautiful Flower. I Had An Idea Of What It Was, But Found It on your site.

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