Etymology: Verbascum: corrupted form of Barbascum, the ancient Latin name for this plant
Plants: erect, biennial, 2'-4'+ tall forb with branching hairs and no glands
Leaves: first year a basal rosette then becoming alternate, toothed, hairy on both sides, stalkless, mostly not extending down the stem
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/4" wide, nearly regular in shape, the 3 lower lobes slightly longer than the upper 2, 5 stamens; inflorescence a dense, spike-like cluster becoming more open with time; blooms July-Oct.
Habitat: disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized