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Common Name: Wooly Mullein
Verbascum phlomoides is a Biennial/Perennial up to 1.20 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
S. Europe. Rarely naturalized in Britain[
Dry sandy or stony ground[
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, and prefers a sunny position[
]. Dislikes shade and wet soils[
]. Thrives on chalk[
]. Prefers a light soil[
This species is hardy to at least -15°c[
Hybridizes with other members of this genus, though the progeny are usually sterile[
Plants can perennate when growing in light well-drained soils[
The seed is used to expel tapeworms from the body[
]. No other details are given, but the seeds probably contain saponins and so should be used with caution[
The flowers and leaves are anodyne, antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, expectorant, pectoral and vulnerary[
]. An infusion is used internally in the treatment of various respiratory complaints including coughs, bronchitis, asthma and throat irritations[
An infusion of the fresh or dried flowers in olive oil is used to treat earaches, sores, wounds, boils etc[
The plant is harvested when in flower and should be dried quickly and with care or it will lose its medicinal qualities[
The whole plant is used to repel mice and rats[
Seed - sow late spring to early summer in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[
]. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in late summer. The seed has a long viability[