Verbascum phlomoides


Sp. Pl. 2: 1194. 1753.

Common names: Orange mullein molène faux-phlomis
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 348. Mentioned on page 344, 345, 347.

Biennials. Stems (30–)50–200 cm, densely and persistently tomentose, eglandular. Leaves: surfaces densely and persistently tomentose, eglandular; basal and proximal cauline with petiole 40–80 mm; blade ovate-lanceolate to ovate-elliptic or oblong, (10–)15–25(–35) × 4–10(–15) cm, base attenuate; cauline subauriculate-clasping, gradually smaller distally, base not decurrent, rarely slightly so, margins entire or shallowly crenate, apex of distal cauline and floral bracts caudate-acuminate to short-acuminate. Inflorescences unbranched, narrowly cylindric, flowers densely overlapping or remote proximally, in clusters of 2–9; rachis densely and persistently tomentose, eglandular; bracts ovate-lanceolate, 9–15 mm, base short-decurrent or not at all, apex acute to short-acuminate, densely and persistently tomentose, eglandular. Pedicels adnate to rachis at base, 2–8(–15) mm; bracteoles 2. Flowers: calyx 5–12 mm, densely and persistently tomentose, eglandular, lobes lanceolate to triangular; corolla yellow, 30–55 mm diam., pellucid glands absent or relatively few; proximal filaments glabrous at least distally, distal pair villous, hairs white or yellow; stigma spatulate, base decurrent. Capsules elliptic-ovoid, 5–8 mm, tomentose. 2n = 32.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Fields, roadsides, disturbed sites.
Elevation: 0–600 m.


Introduced; Alta., B.C., Man., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Sask., Ark., Colo., Conn., Del., D.C., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Oreg., Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Vt., Va., Wash., W.Va., Wis., Europe, Asia, introduced also in South America (Ecuador), Pacific Islands (New Zealand).


In the flora area, Verbascum phlomoides is known from a single location each in Manitoba (near Roseisle) and Saskatchewan (near Moose Jaw). The record for Washington possibly is only a waif (King County, Seattle, in waste ground, introduced from Europe, 12 September 1936, W. J. Eyerdam s.n., SMU), because it apparently has not been recorded there since.

Verbascum ×kerneri Fritsch is a hybrid between V. phlomoides and V. thapsus.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Guy L. Nesom +
Linnaeus +
Orange mullein +  and molène faux-phlomis +
Alta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Sask. +, Ark. +, Colo. +, Conn. +, Del. +, D.C. +, Ga. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Iowa +, Ky. +, Maine +, Md. +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, Mo. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Oreg. +, Pa. +, R.I. +, S.C. +, Tenn. +, Vt. +, Va. +, Wash. +, W.Va. +, Wis. +, Europe +, Asia +, introduced also in South America (Ecuador) +  and Pacific Islands (New Zealand). +
0–600 m. +
Fields, roadsides, disturbed sites. +
Flowering Jun–Aug. +
Weedy +, Introduced +  and Illustrated +
Verbascum phlomoides +
Verbascum +
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