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Common Name: Hoary Mullein
Verbascum pulverulentum is a Biennial up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
The leaves contain rotenone and coumarin, though the quantities are not given[
]. Rotenone is used as an insecticide and coumarin can prevent the blood from clotting[
Hairs on the leaves can act as an irritant[
Europe, including Britain, from the Netherlands south and east to Spain, Switzerland, Greece.
A rare native along roadsides in Norfolk and Suffolk, a rare casual elsewhere[
|Pollinators||Flies, Lepidoptera, Self
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[
Hybridizes with other members of this genus, though the progeny are usually sterile[
The plant (seeds?) are used to rid the body of tapeworms[
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[