Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Moth Mullein
Verbascum blattaria
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Flowering: June-September. Annual or biennial. Introduced. Garden escape.

Spike of long-stalked single yellow or white flowers, purple-haired stamens.
Flowers occasionally pale-pink. One flower at each node. pedicels usually longer than calyx. Toothed dark green leaves, short-stalked or stalkless, wrinkled. Glandular hairs usually only upper stem. Height: 60-100cm.
Yellow flowered forms can be confused with Twiggy Mullein, V. virgatum

Waste and rough ground, rarely persists. Rare garden escape.


Photographs above: Ballingeary area, Co.Cork. August 2006

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