moth mullein USDA PLANTS Symbol: VEBL
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Forbs/Herbs
Verbascum blattaria L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Scrophulariales: Scrophulariaceae
Synonym(s): white moth mullein
Native Range: Europe and Asia ()

Appearance
Verbascum blattaria is a perennial plant that can grow 2-4 ft. (0.6-1.2 m) tall and is usually unbranched.
Foliage
Basal leaves from a rosette 8-12 in. (20.3-30.5 cm) across. Stem leaves are alternate, up to 6 in. (15.2 cm) long, and lanceolate with margins that are usually crenate. Lower leaves clasp the stems but the upper leaves are more likely to be sessile.
Flowers
Flowers are up to 1 in. (2.5 cm) across and have 5 white to pale yellow petals with some purple coloring close to the center. The blooming period occurs during the summer.
Fruit
Fruit is a round, hairy, fleshy, 0.3 in. (0.85 cm) long, greenish capsule containing many small dark brown seeds with wavy ridges.
Ecological Threat
Verbascum blattaria prefers highly disturbed areas including pastures, vacant lots, roadsides, and abandoned fields. It is native to Eurasia.

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Plant(s); plant.
Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; basal rosette
Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
John Cardina, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
John Cardina, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Lesley Ingram, , Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Ohio State Weed Lab , The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Ohio State Weed Lab , The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Ken Chamberlain, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Stones River National Battlefield (Tennessee)



Invasive Listing Sources:
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2005
Native Plant Society of Oregon, 2008
Pacific Northwest Exotic Pest Plant Council, 1998