Scrophulariaceae Family:

Verbascum thapsus (Wooly Mullein) on 8-2-19, #609-47.

Scrophulariaceae Juss.


The Scrophulariaceae Family was named and described by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.

As of 1-15-23 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 60 accepted genera in this family commonly known as the figwort family. It is a family of annual and perennial herbs, with one genus of shrubs.

My experience with this family is very limited and only includes two Buddleja and two wildflowers so far. You can click on the plant’s name below the photos to go to their own pages.

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family.


Buddleja x ‘Pugster® Blue’ on 7-30-17, #362-16.

I had been wanting a smaller Butterfly Bush so when I found this Buddleja x ‘Pugster Blue’ at a local greenhouse in 2017 I had to bring it home. Unfortunately, I couldn’t decide where to put it and left it in the pot all summer. I finally did move it to the north bed but it didn’t return in 2018…


Buddleja davidii ‘White Profusion’ at 72″ tall x 84″ wide on 8-20-17, #367-5.

The Buddleja davidii ‘White Profusion’ was my first Butterfly Bush. I bought it from a seller on Ebay in 2013 and it has always done GREAT. Well, except for one thing… Information from the seller and other websites said this could be a smaller cultivar which is why I bought it. Well, the first year it stayed fairly small but after that, it grew much bigger… When I took the above photo in 2017 it was 72″ tall x 84″ wide (give or take a few inches).


Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) on 6-3-19, #581-17.

I was working on a friend’s farm in 2019 and found quite a few Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) in his pasture close to the fence. I started taking my camera and took a few photos of them on June 3. In another area of his farm, I found a few of the same species with yellow flowers on June 19. I was able to identify quite a few species on his farm I don’t have on mine.


Verbascum thapsus (Wooly Mullein) on 8-2-19, #609-46

Verbascum thapsus (Wooly Mullein) is a common sight throughout the countryside. I have admired their large wooly leaves and tall flower spikes since I was a kid. Common names include Aaron’s Rod, Adam’s Flannel, Common Mullein, Great Mullein, Wooly Mullein, Velvet Dock, Flannel Leaf, Witch’s Taper, Candlestick, and possibly others.


That’s all I have for this family of plants at the moment. You never know what I will run across in the future…

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