Here is a plant that is in my pasture. I have several of them, and they are about 18 inches tall and 3 feet wide (on average).
Does anybody have the name of this beast?
Plantago majus..common plaintain I thought but after the size description, I'm lost..lol. Can it be some sort of runaway tobacco plant..maybe some variety of milkweed? It'll be interesting for someone to nail this monster down!
dave, are the leaves kinda fuzzy? almost like lamb's ear? if so, mullein...a sacred plant around here...heap big medicine. They are beautiful plants and can get quite huge! From the center it will send out a tall flower head, like a spike, that will be covered w/small yellow flowers. I'd mow around it if I were you. (I considered them "sentrys" that watch over Ma Earth.) (have any up your way patty?)
Yes, horseshoe. They are fuzzy like lamb's ear. In fact, I've referred to them (to my wife) as a wild lamb's ear. Well, mullein it is then. Thanks Patty and Horseshoe! I'll mow around them. :)
Be careful Dave,
wild Mullein will take over..I would mow most and leave a few. LOL
So what is this mullein used for then? How do you prepare it for medicinal use?
You make a tea out of the leaves and drink it for a cough or asthma.
The flowers are used to make an oil for ear aches too. Here's a good link with information http://www.cloudnet.com/~djeans/FlwPlant/Mullein.htm
I just went to my handy dandy seed box and found a packet of this stuff. Maybe I will plant it next to the lambs ear since they both have that fuzzy texture.