Moth Mullein, Verbascum blattaria
Scrophulariaceae or Figwort Family

White-flowered plant Upright plant, 2 to 4 feet tall. Leaves alternate on stem, stalkless, slightly clasping, toothed or lobed. Flowers up to an inch wide, showy, yellow or white, tinged with purple on the back and in the center, with 5 petals. Fruits a purplish round pod.

Attractive alien weed. Likes open spaces, fields, roadsides. In Wildwood occasional in the large open field at the south end, and to be expected occasionally along the bikeway. Common roadside, parking lot, and yard weed in the area?

The showy flowers are distinctive and make this plant easy to identify. Common mullein has similar flowers, always yellow and without the purple, but it is a densely furry plant with large leaves and flowers on a dense furry spike.

Yellow flowers
White flowers