Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cool Flower - Verbascum

Have you ever seen this flower before?! It's new to me, at least as a cut flower. It's called verbascum, also known as mullein. The long spike has this woolly white stuff all over it, which is very soft. Kind of reminds me of fluffy dryer lint! And then these bright yellow blossoms bust out of it, a few more every day. It does seem to shed some flowers, but more keep coming out, so I don't think it's too messy.

I hope they have this again in the flower market some time - very fun and unusual flower!
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2 comments:

Angela Kusek-Schubert said...

It grows as a "weed" here. Now that we saw it fully matured we'll let it go here and see what happens.
It has pretty cool wooly leaves at it's base too.
Is that peppermint you have with it?

Sprout said...

One man's weed is another man's cool flower!

They sell the leaves from time to time here too...that would be one monster weed I imagine. The flowers were about 2 feet tall.

Yes, peppermint or spearmint, one of those mints. I like to get herbs when I see them, for fragrance. Can't smell the flowers so much any more, but herbs still stand out to me.

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