Etymology: Verbascum: corrupted form of Barbascum, the ancient Latin name for this plant
Plants: erect, biennial, 1'-3' tall forb with unbranched, glandular hairs
Leaves: first year a basal rosette then alternate, more or less toothed, stalkless, not extending down the stem
Flowers: yellow to white, 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 long, loose cluster with one stalked flower per node; blooms June-Oct.
Habitat: disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FACU- USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"