Weed patrol: Mullein

Mullein rosette

This is a rosette of Common Mullein, just before I dug it up.

I will probably regret letting one grow to full height last summer. It was pretty impressive from a distance, its stalk easily six feet tall, packed with furry little buds. But close up, only two or three flowers opened at a time.

Supposedly bees and hoverflies are attracted to them. I didn’t see that. Supposedly, goldfinches will eat their seeds. I didn’t see that either. What I did see was six feet of seed pods.

Oh yeah, I’m definitely going to regret letting that sucker mature. One rosette at a time.

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