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Plant Type: Forb

Life Cycle: Annual

Domestication Type: Wild

Habitat: Roadsides, Hillsides, Disturbed areas.

Flower Color: yellow

Description: This plant starts as a basal rosette of large very fuzzy gray-green leaves. The leaves are strong and very soft. Later in its life cycle it sends up a straight stalk with flower attached directly to it at the top. This stalk can become many feet tall and can persist well into the winter.

Habitat: This plant is usually fond of dry, often rocky, well-drained soil. Once I even saw a Mullein plant growing out of a crack in the diagonal-sloping rock wall of an abandoned military fort. I guess that was close enough to a dry rocky hillside for it.

Utilitarian Uses: The old, dried stalks are excellent for hand-drill firemaking. The dried flower heads, dipped in a flammable liquid, can be used as a makeshift torch.