Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2355

Forb
Biennial

Non-native: Europe

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in SC, rare in GA & NC

Look for it in sandhills, sandy disturbed areas, roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate
Stem leaves sessile

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellow
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
5-parted 2-lipped rotate corolla
5 fertile exserted stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Verbascum virgatum   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Verbascum virgatum   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-12-002:
Verbascum virgatum   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein


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image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_953

May    Calhoun County    SC

Leaves may be hairy or may not [vs. leaves of V. blattaria glabrous], per www.CalFlora.net.

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_953b

May    Calhoun County    SC

Cauline leaves are lanceolate, crenate and sessile, per www.CalFlora.net.

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_954

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_954b

May    Calhoun County    SC

If you see multiple flowers [fruit] per node, it is virgatum not blattaria, per www.CalFlora.net.

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_956

May    Calhoun County    SC

Glandular hairs dense on the leaves and on the stems, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_958

May    Calhoun County    SC

Pedicels 1-3mm long, shorter than the calyx [vs. V. blattaria longer], per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Moth Mullein, Wand Mullein, and Woolly Mullein

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_960

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_962

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_962b

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

JK Marlow    jkm170520_963

May    Calhoun County    SC

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvvirgatum_moultrie1

May        SC

Lake Moultrie

The fuzzy stamens resemble a moth's antennae, hence one common name, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.

image of Verbascum virgatum, Wand Mullein, Twiggy Mullein, Moth Mullein

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvvirgatum_moultrie2

May        SC

Lake Moultrie

Flowers usually 1 per node throughout inflorescence or lowermost nodes w more, per Weakley's Flora.