Verbascum Nigrum

I finally identified this beauty. I have an old botanical encyclopedia, and I prefer to identify the flowers, herbs and plants manually for my digital herbarium. Of course there are apps and everything, and sometimes I use them too just to duble check. I know it would be faster and easier. But I love turning over the pages of that book, the smell, the feeling, the beautiful drawings make everything so magical.

Verbascum Nigrum or Black Mullein

Verbascum nigrum (also called black or dark mullein) is a tall biennial, growing up to 1 m. Or even taller.

It has a spear of rich yellow flowers with dark purple stamens covered in hair. The hairy, tubular stamens are dark orange at the tip. The stigma has a green blob on the end.

It can be found on road verges, and grassy places. It prefers well drained calcareous soils. It flowers from June until the end of September.


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