Aaron’s Rod, Adam’s Flannel, Common Mullein, Great Mullein, Wooly Mullein, Velvet Dock, Flannel Leaf, Witch’s Taper, Candlestick, ETC.
Synonyms of Verbascum thapsus (33) (Updated on 3-30-21 from Plants of the World Online): Leiosandra cuspidata Raf., Thapsus linnaei (Opiz) Opiz, Thapsus schraderi (G.Mey.) Opiz, Verbascum alatum Lam., Verbascum angustius Schrank, Verbascum bracteatum J.Kickx f. ex Dumort., Verbascum canescens Jord. ex Boreau, Verbascum decurrens Stokes, Verbascum elongatum Willd., Verbascum indicum Wall., Verbascum intermedium Léman ex Roem. & Schult., Verbascum kickxianum Dumort., Verbascum lanatum Gilib., Verbascum linnaei Opiz, Verbascum majus Bubani, Verbascum mas Garsault, Verbascum neglectum Guss., Verbascum officinarum Crantz, Verbascum pallidum Nees, Verbascum plantagineum Moris, Verbascum salisburgense Fritsch, Verbascum schraderi G.Mey., Verbascum seminigrum Fr., Verbascum spectabile Salisb., Verbascum subalpinum Schur, Verbascum tapsus Neck., Verbascum thapsum St.-Lag., Verbascum thapsus var. albiflora S.K.Agarwal, Verbascum thapsus var. australe Franch., Verbascum thapsus var. boreale Franch., Verbascum thapsus f. candicans House, Verbascum thapsus var. intermedium Franch., Verbascum thapsus subsp. langei Rivas Mart.
Verbascum thapsus 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 12-18-21 when this page was last updated, 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 on POWO.
The above distribution map for Verbascum thapsus 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 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.
I am sure most people who have been out and about just about anywhere have run across Verbascum thapsus. There are several that always grow along the fence in the front pasture on my farm and usually a few in the ditch. They are a common sight along back roads and highways as well. I remember their large wooly leaves and tall spikes of flowers from way back as a kid when my grandparents lived on this farm. They go by several common names including Aaron’s Rod, Adam’s Flannel, Common Mullein, Great Mullein, Wooly Mullein, Velvet Dock, Flannel Leaf, Witch’s Taper, Candlestick, and several others. I use the common name Wooly Mullein because that was the name I found when I first made a proper ID many years ago.
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.
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.
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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
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-WEED ID GUIDE
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
PFAF(PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
NATIVE PLANTS OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA
OAK HILL HOMESTEAD
INVASIVE PLANT ATLAS
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. 🙂