Scientific name: Verbascum thapsus

A tall flowering weed, mullein can get up to 7 feet in height, and is well known for remedying various respiratory problems, especially coughs.


  • Polysaccharides
  • Flavonoids
  • Sterols
  • Mucilage
  • Saponins

Health Benefits


  • Antispasmodic
  • Expectorant
  • Great remedy for: coughs, bronchial congestion, colds, allergies, and other respiratory problems.
  • Improves glandular imbalances


  • Anodynes: known to relieve pain
  • Antiseptic properties
  • Infection fighting

Cooking Tips

  • The leaves have tiny hairs on the backside that may be irritating for the throat or skin, so when making tea, strain with a coffee filter or cheese cloth to be safe.
  • The leaves and flowers can be used for tea.

Quick Remedies

(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)

CAUTION: If using fresh leaves, the hairs on the underside can be irritating for sensitive skin, so wrap in a cheese cloth before using.

  • Asthma: the leaf has been mixed with other herbs and smoked to relieve asthma.
  • Boils, bruises, bug bites: create a fresh poultice with mullein leaves and apply as needed.
  • Ear infection: drop a few drops of warm mullein oil into the ear, and pain should subside quickly and heal the infection in a matter of days.

How to Grow


Mullein is a biennial, so by the second year it will grow a flowering stalk up to 7 feet, give off seeds, and then it dies. Plant in the Fall.

Where do you live?

This plant isn’t picky and does well in a variety of settings, ranging from zones 3 to 8. It is drought tolerant and can handle rocky ground.

Put em in the ground

Easy to start from a seed and once planted will continue to sow itself as long as you’d like it in the garden. Make sure it’s in a place that the 7 ft tall stalks won’t be a nuisance!

  • Full sun
  • Well drained, rich soil
  • pH 5-7.5


  • Leaves are best harvested in the summer of its second year as the stalk is growing.
  • Flowers and buds can be harvested as needed, usually between July and September.
  • Gather roots before the stalk begins to grow.
  • All parts can be used fresh or dried.


    • Mullein grows plentifully in a variety of settings and so is fairly low maintenance.