Plant identification

Can you identify this plant? It's almost like lambs ear, very soft but quite large, about 12 " in diameter.
q mullen plant identification, gardening, plant id
  21 answers
  • BJ BJ on Sep 05, 2015
    That's so funny cuz I have these in our new yard in Tennessee and wondered what they were too. Hope we both find out!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 05, 2015
    Do you know if this sends up a stalk with yellow flowers?

  • Lyn Therese Lyn Therese on Sep 05, 2015
    My father in law called them 'tobacco plants"....of course their not really tobacco plants but he was from Poland and he came up with all kinds of silly things...I'm looking up this plant right back.

  • Lilli H Lilli H on Sep 05, 2015
    Do you think it's a weed or is it something that was planted. Also is it a perennial? What is the exposure you found it in? Looks a little like primrose.

  • Lyn Therese Lyn Therese on Sep 05, 2015
    It is called Mullen plant and is classified as a weed. Here in Wisconsin we have these around and they do come back the next year but they also spread seeds and new ones come up.

  • Lyn Therese Lyn Therese on Sep 05, 2015
    Verbascum thapsus SpeciesVerbascum thapsus is a species of mullein native to Europe, northern Africa, and Asia, and introduced in the Americas and Australia. It is a hairy biennial plant that can grow to 2 meters tall or more. Its small yellow flowers are densely grouped on a tall stem, which grows from a large rosette of leaves. It grows in a wide variety of habitats, but prefers well-lit disturbed soils, where it can appear soon after the ground receives light, from long-lived seeds that persist in the soil seed bank. It is a common weedy plant that spreads by prolifically producing seeds, but it rarely becomes aggressively invasive, since its seeds require open ground to germinate. It is a very minor problem for most agricultural crops, since it is not a very competitive species, being intolerant of shade from other plants and unable to survive tilling. It also hosts many insects, some of which can be harmful to other plants. Although individuals are easy to remove by hand, populations are difficult to eliminate permanently.

  • Leslie Leslie on Sep 06, 2015
    This plant has herbal uses too. I let them grow in my garden:)).

  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Sep 06, 2015
    Plantago Major. Broadleaf Plantain.

  • David Peterson David Peterson on Sep 06, 2015
    Mullein is a biennial. The second year it sends up a tall (5-6 ft sometimes) flower stalk. The stalks can be dried and dipped in wax or tallow and used as torches (witches' torches). The hairy leaves have been used as a rubefacient (Quaker's rouge), and the larger basal leaves can be used to wrap food, etc.(shepherd's purse). A plant with much lore surrounding it.

  • Connie Connie on Sep 06, 2015
    Looks like first year Mullein to me too. It is considered a noxious weed in Colorado. The seeds can lie dormant for decades, so if it blooms the second year, we break the flower spikes off and destroy them. Common mullein, also known as wooly mullein, velvet dock, flannel leaf, Aaron's rod, torch plant, and miner's candle is a member of the figwort family.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Sep 06, 2015
    Love this plant. It is not only beautiful, it is a great herbal plant and can be rubbed on rashes, etc. note: Do not fertilize as it does not like any kind of chemicals.

  • Retired teacher Retired teacher on Sep 06, 2015
    Reminds me of Mullein. Not noxious (in WA) or poisonous. Grows a tall, slender yellow-flowerd spike.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 06, 2015
    I have then all over as well and never knew the name.

  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on Sep 06, 2015
    We called it wild lambs ear, it is a weed. I always liked it and allowed it to grow in my yard in Pennsylvania, I am guessing they are correct about the plant identification and I suppose it grows everywhere I just spotted a plant here in Florida.

  • Kathy Wood Kathy Wood on Sep 06, 2015
    Definitely looks like mullein. Check it out, great to keep around.

  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Sep 07, 2015
    Go to it will show you all different types of weeds. Or just google weed identifier and click images.

  • Louise Louise on Sep 07, 2015
    it is mullein but my husband has always called it indian corn but he does not know why. the flower is great for birds and insects so if it is in an area you are comfortable with allowing it to grow please leave it. many people pull them out but they are beneficial to the environment. please do not get the poisons out to kill them right away, just sit back and enjoy watching nature feed off the plant.

    • BJ BJ on Sep 08, 2015
      I found these in Tennessee at our vacation cabin property and I love them and let them grow anywhere they want. They get a very tall beautiful flower on them in the fall!

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Sep 08, 2015

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 11, 2015
    Mullein leaf. Medicinal uses.

  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Jul 26, 2016
    mullein. The spikes are rather interesting and the hummers and butterflies love them but do not let it reseed unless it is in an area you do not care about. Very prolific.