Latin: Verbascum thapsus L.
Synonyms: Great mullein, candlewort, candlewick, Aaron's rod, torches, velvet dock, our Lady's flannel, clot, lungwort, hag's taper.
Large basal rosette of large leaves up 15 – 30cm long covered in dense, soft white hairs so that the plant appears pale in colour and is thick to the touch.
Yellow flowers appear on a solitary tall stem up to 2m arising from the centre of the leaf rosette in the second year.
Parts used: Herb, flowers.
Relaxant, mild sedative, mildly antispasmodic
Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, hayfever, irritable respiratory conditions.
Topical (infused oil) for wounds, inflammation, sores, itching, piles.
Generally thought to be safe.