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dave

May 20, 2001
1:55 PM

Post #5107

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?

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Dicentra
Philadelphia, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2001
2:07 PM

Post #75803

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!
Trish
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2001
3:03 PM

Post #75815

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?)
dave

May 20, 2001
3:45 PM

Post #75824

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. :)

Dave

Larkie

Larkie
Camilla, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 20, 2001
8:32 PM

Post #75874

Be careful Dave,
wild Mullein will take over..I would mow most and leave a few. LOL
Larkie
Angel
Boonville, MO
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2001
11:23 PM

Post #75897

So what is this mullein used for then? How do you prepare it for medicinal use?
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

May 21, 2001
2:07 AM

Post #75927

Dave
You make a tea out of the leaves and drink it for a cough or asthma.
Calalily
dave

May 21, 2001
2:08 AM

Post #75928

Just dry them and steep them?

Dave
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


May 21, 2001
2:22 AM

Post #75930

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
Angel
Boonville, MO
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2001
3:33 AM

Post #75942

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.

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