When I noticed this tall flower stalk with its brightly colored blossoms at the park last summer I thought that it might be some kind of wild orchid. I had seen it in the exact same spot in previous years but never bothered to investigate what I was looking at. When I finally decided to find out what type of flower this was, my field guide to wildflowers turns out to be of not very much help. Last week, I send a photo to my friend Sandi who suggested that it looks like Moth Mullein to her. I had missed it in my plant book because I was focused on orchid like flowers.
In past years, I’ve grown regular mullein.
It’s also very pretty but looks different and less delicate to me than this variety.
Moth Mullein, or Verbascum blattaria is in the Figwort Family.
The flower stalks can grow up to 5 feet tall.
The flowers are pale yellow and grow loosely around the stem.
The toothed leaves form a rosette near the ground.
The name Moth Mullein came about as people thought the flowers
resemble moths resting on the slender tall stems.