Moth Mullein, Wild Verbascum
Synonyms of Verbascum blattaria (18) (Updated on 12-17-21 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 12=17-21, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 454 species in the Verbascum genus. It is a member of the plant family Scrophulariaceae with 62 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made by POWO.
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. The maps on iNaturalist are continually updated as members post new observations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
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. Then on June 19, I spotted the same species with yellow flowers in another area on his farm.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment. I am busy updating plant pages and writing new pages for wildflowers I identified over the summer (plus adding more photos to previously published pages). This is a winter project but sometimes I get behind and it takes longer. Writing descriptions in my own words can be a lengthy process, so I decided to just make new pages and come back later and write the descriptions. I need to continually update because plant names change, the number of species and genera fluctuates, and I want to be as accurate as I can. There are several very good websites below that can help with a positive ID. We are all a work in progress.
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 email@example.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)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WEED ID GUIDE
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
PFAF(PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
INVASIVE PLANT ATLAS
OHIO PERENNIAL & BIENNIAL WEED GUIDE
THE JEPSON HERBARIUM
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. 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. 🙂