A herbaceous Eurasian plant with woolly leaves and tall spikes of yellow flowers.
- Genus Verbascum, family Scrophulariaceae: several species, in particular the common (or great) mullein (V. thapsus). Also called Aaron’s rod.
- Ilexes and oleanders line the roadside; tall yellow mulleins and apricot hollyhocks spring up in the screes above.
- The yellow flower spikes of a dwarf mullein or verbascum and the delicate white and pink trumpets of a creeping convolvulus defied my attempts at precise identification but were delightful nevertheless.
- I'm a great fan of verbascum or mulleins, to give them their common name, not least because they self-seed prolifically, leaving little room for weeds to flourish and filling the borders florifically.
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