Sunday, June 16, 2013

Verbascum Densiflorum, Witch's Taper, Candlestick

I love Mullein.  I am not sure why but I love the way it looks.  Something about this plant makes me feel warm inside.  I can't explain it but it is the truth for me.  I had no mullein growing around my house or up the hollow.

Two summers ago I was in Thurmond, an old ghost town in West Virginia.  I found a huge mullein plant growing beside the road.  The stalk was full of seeds.  I took the stalk...brought it to my house and shook the stalk free of it's seeds in front of my house.  

Nothing happened.  I was kind of disappointed.  So disappointed that my husband ordered Mullein seeds for me.  I didn't plant those seeds until this spring.  They are still growing out in a pot on my back porch.

Nothing happened in front of my house until this spring.  I was hoeing up weeds around the rose bushes and wild onions.  I planted some horseradish I had received from a kind person in my Herbal Class.  And I noticed a small green plant that was growing in the corner.  I hoed around it.  It caught my attention so fully and I didn't know why.  

After I was done working in this planting bed, I sat down and drew the little green plant in the corner.  I had no idea what it was but it pulled my attention so intently.  For weeks I had no idea what it was.  I just let it grow because I loved looking at it...

And then one day I noticed it was growing a stalk with small yellow flowers on it.  It was mullein.  I was so ecstatic!  No wonder I was so enthralled with this plant.  Now it makes perfect sense.  Well, at least to me.


  1. I love mullien as well and would love to come to its rescue. There is a field behind my house where new construction is going in. There is a mullien plant just about ready to flower which will shortly be bulldozed into oblivion. Is there any chance it would survive if I dug it up and moved it to my garden?

  2. I believe you could. I took a stalk of a mullein plant that was sitting by the road. I brought it home and shook the seeds on the ground in front of my house. It took two years but the plant that came up is huge with a long stalk. When I first realized what exactly it was, I dug it up and replanted the mullein plant in a place right in front of my house. It is thriving.

    I definitely would give it a try. Please let me know how it does after you replant it.


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