Friday, June 6, 2014

Mullein in Campground

“Oh, grey hill,
Where the grazing herd
Licks the purple blossom,
Crops the spiky weed!
Oh, stony pasture,
Where the tall mullein
Stands up so sturdy
On its little seed!”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay

We always called it “flannel leaf.” My Dad used to eliminate it when he could because he thought it was poisonous to children.

"The seeds are said to intoxicate fish when thrown into the water, and are used by poachers for that purpose, being slightly narcotic."

For much more information and some medicinal uses read on:


  1. I was taken back by the last bit of info. Unusual plant.

  2. I missed this entry. Intoxicated fish? I have never heard of that before. Maybe that's where the phrase "drank like a fish" came from.