Dark Mullein another of the Verbascum family sharing almost identical chemical properties to each other.
This one is native to the British Isles whereas the V.thalapsus is a European native.
It is considerably different in form, flower and leaf shape to it’s cousins, growing much smaller, as a perennial than the others do as biennial.
Many gardeners prefer the smaller plant (rarely growing to 1m tall) and still others prefer the ‘non furry’ leaves. Medicinally it can be treated as the others but probably dries better as there is no dry leaf-fur to deal with.
They can live for years, flowering almost continuously from early Spring until late Autumn but we have noticed that for seemingly no reason one will just fall over and die while it’s companions carry on as before.
50 fresh seeds
Degree of difficulty in germination…..3/10 (1 is easy – 10 very difficult)