Irish wildflowers

Photos: Crookhaven area, Co.Cork

Twiggy Mullein
Verbascum virgatum
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Flowering: June-October. Biennial. Introduced. Garden escape.

Spikes of yellow flowers with purple-haired anthers, 2-5 in each cluster.
Flower stalks usually shorter than calyx, 2 decurrent anthers, 3 fixed.
Leaves unstalked/short-stalked, oblong-lanceolate, blunt-toothed, hairless.
Flower spike often branched at base. Glandular-hairy plant.

Waste ground, grassland, roadsides, quarries.
Infrequent, mainly found S and SW Ireland.

Similar: Moth Mullein, V. blattaria.
One flower at each node, flower stalks longer than calyx. Rare.



Photographs above: Crookhaven area, Co.Cork. August 2007

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