Mullein was introduced from Europe and has
found a nice niche along with man who loves to
modify his surroundings. Fallow fields and
re-worked roadsides are a favorite place for this
plant to pop up. Because Mullein is tolerant of
dry, rocky soil it also seems to crop up along
railroad tracks alot too.
The flowers are
from 3/4" to 1" with 5 petals and is
almost regular (slightly ovate). They also
mature at different times up the stalk.
The leaves on the stalk are smaller and
The velvety leaves and flower stalks have found
many purposes. Dipped in tallow or grease the dried
stalks have been used for torches, and the leaves
still used as wicks. Reportedly, American Indians
lined their moccassins with the leaves to insulate
against cold and white colonists used them inside
their stockings for the same purpose.
A tea made from the leaves was used to treat
colds in Appalachia, and in other places the leaf
tea was considered good for dysentery. The leaves
were smoked for asthma and sore throat by some
American Indians and other groups boiled the roots
for a mixture to treat children with croup.
The leaves are soothing for mucous membranes and
have been used to soften the skin and protect it.
The flowers contain an oil that has been used