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Commonly known as Mullein
Statuesque wildlife plants with a long history of use as a herbal remedy.
Genus of 360 species, most of which are biennials, with a few annuals, perennials and subshrubs, some semi-evergreen or evergreen.
They are found mainly on dry, stony hillsides, wasteland and in open woodland in Europe, northern Africa and western and central Asia.
Natives are V. nigrum, dark mullein, uncommon and found on calcareous soils and V. thapsus, Aaron's rod, common on sunny banks and waste places.
Evergreen - and semi evergreen annuals, perennials and subshrubs
Additional Features - Good to know - usually hairy, sometimes woolly plants with very short-stemmed flowers.
Pests & Diseases - moth caterpillars, figwort weevil, powdery mildew.
Place of origin - Europe, northern Africa, western and central Asia
Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving - poor well-drained soil