Mullein or Common Mullein, Verbascum thapsus
Scrophulariaceae or Figwort Family

Plant Large, coarse, weedy plant, 2 to 8 feet tall, overall wooly. Leaves large, oblong, soft furry. The largest leaves in a basal rosette. Flowers in a large dense spike at the top, a few blooming at about the same level at any one time. Each flower large, with 5 almost round yellow petals.Blooms in summer. A biennial that flowers the second year. The first year it may still be recognized by the basal rosette of furry leaves.

Large coarse alien of waste places, pastures and fields. In Wildwood, common in the South Meadow.

A very distinctive plant, unlikely to be confused with anything else. Even the first year, without flowers, the furry leaves may be easily recognized. Moth mullein has somewhat similar flowers, yellow or white, with a puple tinge in the center, but it is a less furry plant with small leaves and flowers looser on the stem.