Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) White & Yellow

Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) on 6-3-19, #581-16.

Moth Mullein, Wild Verbascum

Verbascum blattaria

ver-BASK-um  blat-TAR-ee-uh

Synonyms of Verbascum blattaria (18) (Updated on 5-30-21 from Plants of the World Online): Blattaria vulgaris Fourr., Thapsus blattaria (L.) Raf., Verbascum blattaria var. albiflorum Kuntze, Verbascum blattaria f. albiflorum (G.Don) House, Verbascum blattaria var. normalis Kuntze, Verbascum blattariforme Griseb., Verbascum caucasicum Fisch., Verbascum claytonii Michx., Verbascum cordatum Desf., Verbascum glabrum Mill., Verbascum leptophyllum Bubani, Verbascum luridum Salisb., Verbascum nitidum Stokes, Verbascum ramosissimum J.Lloyd ex Boreau, Verbascum repandum Willd., Verbascum rhinanthifolium Davidov, Verbascum rubiginosum Diard, Verbascum virgatum Spreng.

Verbascum blattaria L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Verbascum. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753. 

As of 5-30-21, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 451 species in the Verbascum genus. It is a member of the plant family Scrophulariaceae with 63 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made by POWO.

Distribution map of Verbascum blattaria from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on May 29, 2021.

The above distribution map for Verbascum blattaria is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database for the United States and Canada is the same. The species has been reported in Montana and Wyoming even though the maps don’t show it… 

The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.

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

I found quite a few of the Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) growing in an area in the front pasture of a friend’s farm on June 3 in 2019. They were not in a huge colony, but single plants growing here and there. I don’t have these on my farm, so it was great to see them. I was working in his pasture and identified many species I hadn’t seen before. A week after I spotted the white-flowered Verbascum blattaria I found a colony of plants with yellow flowers on June 19. They were on the same farm but in another area. What a find!

I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.

Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) on 6-3-19, #581-18.

 

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

 

Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) on 6-19-19, #592-39.

 

Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) on 6-19-19, #592-40.

 

Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) on 6-19-19, #592-41.

 

Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) on 6-19-19, #592-42.

 

I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.

I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
TROPICOS (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD PLANTS
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
DAVE’S GARDEN
MISSOURI PLANTS
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WEED ID GUIDE
iNATURALIST
WILDFLOWER SEARCH
ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS
MINNESOTA WILDFLOWERS
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
PFAF(PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
GO BOTANY
FLORA FINDER
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
INVASIVE PLANT ATLAS
OHIO PERENNIAL & BIENNIAL WEED GUIDE
THE JEPSON HERBARIUM
U.S WILDFLOWERS

NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂

 

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