Verbascum thapsus L., Sp. Pl. 177 1753. (Syn: Leiosandra cuspidata Raf.; Thapsus barbatus Bedevian; Thapsus linnaei Opiz; Thapsus schraderi Opiz; Verbascum alatum Lam.; Verbascum angustius Schrank; Verbascum bicolle Roem. & Schult.; Verbascum blattaria J. A. Schmidt; Verbascum bracteatum Kickx ex Dum.; Verbascum canescens Jord. ex Bor.; Verbascum cuspidatum Schrad.; Verbascum decurrens Stokes; Verbascum elongatum Willd.; Verbascum indicum Wall.; Verbascum intermedium Leman ex Roem. & Schult.; Verbascum kickxianum Dum.; Verbascum lanatum Gilib.; Verbascum linnaei Opiz; Verbascum lychnitis Schultz; Verbascum majus Bub.; Verbascum mas Garsault; Verbascum neglectum Guss.; Verbascum officinarum Crantz; Verbascum pallidum Nees; Verbascum plantagineum Moris; Verbascum schraderi G. F. W. Mey.; Verbascum seminigrum Fries; Verbascum spectabile Salisb.; Verbascum subalpinum Schur; Verbascum thapsiforme Guss.; Verbascum thapsus var. albiflora S. K. Agarwal);
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kalatope id al020411a:
Another one growing on a stone crop..

Location Kalatope, chamba
Habitat wild
Habit herb
Altitude 2100 mt
Height 30 inches approx

– Germanname: Königskerze (Kings Candle), because of its hight. Here are fotos from my garden in Ritterhude taken on 14.07.2010

A very common plant of waste places in Temperate climate.

– Yes Verbascum thapsus common in many places of the world

Also used for making tea apart from it’s various medicinal properties….


Flora of Chakrata: Verbascum thapsus from Tiger Fall Road Chakrata:
Verbascum thapsus from Tiger Fall Road Chakrata

Some more images from near to Tiger Fall area

So the great mullein is common here in this country , too!!!! did you get to photograph the rosettes at the base… are leaves downy like  we see in the NE USA ,,, or SW for that matter…

Yes … i think i have one, sharing

OK, thanks….now I am sure this is the great Mullein
flowers only in the second year after the basal rosette forms…
good antiasthmatic… in american indian ethnobotany…
modern western herbal I think learnt from them and uses tea in bronchitis, cough etc…
I wonder if our ethnobotany of the region has similar uses … described ? or some grad student can start a project .. a very useful plant…

i am going to collect information from local people about uses of different plants only.


VoF Week: Verbascum thapsus from Govindghat Ghangriya Trek:
Verbascum thapsus from Govindghat Ghangriya Trek

Yes …



VOF Week: Verbascum thapsus at Mana Village:
Verbascum thapsus (Family: Scrophulariaceae) at Mana Village.

Scrophulariaceae Fortnight: Verbascum thapsus from renuka Ji-NS 5 : Attachments (4). 3 posts by 2 authors.
This tall and robust herb with rusty leaves and stem was shot from near Renuka Ji lake, Himachal Pradesh, also from Morni Hills, sharing the pics from Renuka Ji.. Verbascum thapsus L.

Yes … Very good photographs.


Verbascum thapsus photographed from Kashmir and Chakrata

Verbascum thapsus L. is a tall robust hairy wild herb throughout Uttarakhand.
Photographed at Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand.
Now it is in the family Scrophulariaceae sensu stricto.

Yes … We also saw it at several places in our recent tour to Uttarakhand.

Verbascum thapsus L.
near Doddabetta, Ooty on 17 NOV 11

Wow very big long inflorescence as against that of V.chinense. Appears overall woolly too.


Amarnath Yatra:: Verbascum thapsus ?? (NSJ-01 30/08/2013) : Attachments (4). 3 posts by 2 authors.

Verbascum thapsus ?? Pl validate
Location : On the way to Pissu top from Chandanwari
Altitude: 10000′ Approx
Date: Aug 11, 2013.

Yes … Very nice photographs


Kodaikanal flora 020914 TBN 2 for id:: TBN Sep 2 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).

Please identify this plant details of which are as follows:
Date           : 16.08.14                                                           
Location     :Mannavanur, Kodaikanal, Dindigul dt, TN
Altitude      :6500 ft

Habitat        :grassland
Habit           :herb
Height         :2 to 3 ft

I think Verbascum sp..

Thanks … Can it Verbascum thapsus?

Yes, seems to be V. thapsus

ANNOV35 Verbascum sp. for identification : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5)

Road to Chakrata
November 2014

Road was under construction and was hence very dusty. Plant was covered by dust.

Verbascum thapsus I hope

In the great mullein, flowers only appear in the second year growth, and  it does something very unique…
picture of the lower leaves is of utmost importance to see the way the “drape” themselves over the two year old stem… its sight nobody will forget very soon…. do you have the pictures

The pics are very beautiful…
Yes this is Verbascum thapsus

Verbascum thapsusBhootlankra, Gidar Tambaku. Used in Homoeopathy, Traditional medicines & also in magico-religious beliefs.


Verbascum thapsus ABAUG2016/39 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 5 images.

This one was at about 2000m on our ascent to the pass. I think this is what is commonly called a Great Mullein. Please validate.
Verbascum thaspusGreat Mullein
Nurpur-Jot road, To Chamba,
13 August 2016.

Wild Plant For ID : Pune : 05DEC16 : AK-15 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
A plant seen by the roadside in Pune on 7th Nov.
Verbascum chinense?

Yes Verbascum chinense to me.
V.chinense in eFI.
V.chinense in eFP.

Verbascum thapsus L. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location: Kulekhani, Nepal
Date : 10 August 2013
Altitude : 5000 ft.
Nepali Names : बाँदर पुच्छ्रे Baandar Puchchhre / गुना पुच्छर Guna Puchchhar / गुन्ठो Guntho


Please identify this plant from Ooty : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Please help me in identifying this plant found on
walls as in this case or in open spaces
in Ooty

Verbascum thapsus 🙂 Flowers of India

Names of Plants in India :: Verbascum thapsus L. : 2 posts by 2 authors. 1 image.
via Species‎ > ‎V‎ > Verbascum thapsus L. … family: Scrophulariaceae

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
ver-BASK-um — corruption of the Latin barbascum, meaning with a beard … Dave’s Botanary
THAP-sus — of or from an ancient village Thapsus, in Sicily … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asAaron’s rodcommon mulleingreat mullein • Hindiबन तम्बाकू ban tambakuगीदड़ तमाकू gidar tamakuककड़ी तमाखू kakri tamakhu • Kannadaಕಾಡು ಹೊಗೇಸೊಪ್ಪು kaadu hogesoppu • Kashmiriफूल् phul • Nepaliबाँदर पुच्छ्रे baandar puchchhreगुना पुच्छर guna puchchharगुन्ठो guntho • Punjabiਏਕਲਬੀਰ ekalbirਗਿੱਦਡ਼ ਤਮਾਕ੍ਕੂ giddar tamakkuਰੇਉਂਦ reund 
botanical namesVerbascum thapsus L. … synonymsVerbascum lanatum Gilib. [Invalid] • Verbascum simplex Hoffmanns. & Link … status at The Plants List (2013). Version 1.1. 
November 17, 2011 … Ooty



VoF Week :: DV :: 01 AUG 12 – 0819 :: Verbascum thapsus along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail:
Verbascum thapsus L. … (family: Scrophulariaceae)1 AUG 12
Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail about 6300 ft

yes a mullein

Yes … Very common, I was waiting for this also.


VoF Week: ID of the flowering plant:
This flowering plant was photographed in the Govindghat-Ghanghariya trail on 13th Aug, 2012. Id please.

Verbascum thapsus (family Scrophulariaceae).

Yes Verbascum thapsus earlier shared by someone. Member of Scroph..

yes a mullein

This tall and robust herb with rusty leaves and stem was shot from near Renuka Ji lake, Himachal Pradesh, also from Morni Hills,
sharing the pics from Renuka Ji.. Verbascum thapsus L.

Scrophulariaceae Fortnight: Verbascum thapsus at Mana Village -PKA20: :  Attachments (3). 1 post by 1 author.
Verbascum thapsus (Family: Scrophulariaceae) at Mana Village.

Plant for ID_AS_April’18_P302 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Please help ID the following plant.
Location: Datyar, Solan District, Himachal Pradesh (elevation: 517m )
Date: March 2018.
The approximate height of the plant was 6.5 feet.

Verbascum … most probably, Verbascum thapsus.

For id in tehari uttarakhand 2018 June : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Photographed in tehari uttarakhand 2018 June in Hill slopes on the margin of field

Looks like some Verbascum sp..

Vervascum thapsus ??

yes verbascum sp

Verbascum thapsus to me.

Probably is v. thaspus but not so quick. i would love to see the underside of these upper leaves and the tips of these same upper leaves.
the great mullein is an important herbal product,  its recognition has been very important to those that make mediines. couple of links first one from univ michigan
second is a short video showing its entire two year cycle.
please respond to my queries, …

Verbascum thapsus L. : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 300 kb each.
Location: Kulekhani, Nepal
Date : 10 August 2013
Altitude : 5000 ft.
Nepali Names : बाँदर पुच्छ्रे Baandar Puchchhre / गुना पुच्छर Guna Puchchhar / गुन्ठो Guntho


Verbascum thapsus from Haryana… : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)
Here am atttaching images of herb Verbascum thapsus (Scrophulariaceae) from Haryana taken in March 2019.

even though its considered a weed it has great uses for asthma etc. in american indian and other herbal traditions. i hope our herbal researcher do something with it…


Rohru, Himachal : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 mb each.
I’d requested of plant growing at height of 3000 mtr
13 September 19
Rohru, H.P

Verbascum thapsus L.

Really happy to see again this plant …,
Thanks, both of you for posting and identification, my first look at Doddabetta, Nilgiris District, Tamil


Verbascum thapsus: 1 high res. images.
Location: Rajouri jandk

Habit: Herb
Date: 22-03-2019


Verbascum thapsus L.: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude: 1695m.
Date: 14 August 2021
Habit : Wild 


For id 290722JM2: Ule, Ladakh: 9 images.
In rocky sand area near Indus, in Ule (10,000 ft.) Ladakh, on 14.6.22.
Pl. id.

Verbascum thapsus L,


ID Please: 1 high res. image.
I found this Mullein sp. of unusual height. Please help in validating the sp.

Verbascum thapsus L.

This Verbascum sp. attained 5 feet and 6 inches high. I found a single plant in the wetland so, we did not collect it.

I was thinking about Verbascum densiflorum?

No distribution in India !

I have reviewed the literature and found up to 1 meter (100cm.) height for V. thapsus. It goes more than 167 cm.


Id of Flower – ID09012024SH2: 2 high res. images.

Flower for Id pl.
Location – Near Ooty, Tamilnadu
Date – December 2023

Verbascum thapsus L.



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