Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Keys usually state that this species has unbranched inflorescences; however, short flowering shoots from upper leaf axils make it look like the inflorescence is branched. The central, terminal spike is longer and narrower than that of V. thapsus, with the flowers much less crowded. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Clasping Mullein, Orange Mullein
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Bruce A. Sorrie bas_v_phlomoides1
Leaves densely tomentose; basal and lower stem leaves distinctly petiolate, per Weakley's Flora (2020).
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_v_phlomoides2
Middle to upper stem leaves sessile to clasping, slightly or not decurrent, per Weakley's Flora (2020).
COMPARE Clasping Mullein, Moth Mullein, Wand Mullein, and Woolly Mullein
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_v_phlomoides3
Similar to V. thaspus, but often branched and the inflorescence interrupted, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
Will Stuart wil_vphlomoides_habit8092
July Richmond County NC
North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands
Apparently a newly emerging invasive - on the cusp of a range expansion near you?
Documented growing wild in - NC -
Rare [but expanding its range???]
Look for it in disturbed areas, roadsides, sandhills, per Weakley's Flora
Basal rosette & alternate
Middle to upper stem leaves sessile to auriculate-clasping
Weakly bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted 2-lipped rotate corolla
5 fertile exserted stamens
Inflorescence a spike
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p086
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p248
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p291
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p152