TG2303 : Dark mullein (Verbascum nigrum)

taken 7 months ago, near to Caistor st Edmund, Norfolk, Great Britain

Dark mullein (Verbascum nigrum)
Dark mullein (Verbascum nigrum)
The second-most frequent native mullein grows 1.2m tall and is distinguished by its yellow flowers with purple hairs on the stamens > LinkExternal link. The flowers commonly occur in a single spike of flowers. The specimens depicted here are growing beside the remains of the Roman wall surrounding Venta Icenorum > LinkExternal link.

Mullein has a long history as a medicinal herb used in various disorders. Its traditional uses were for treating respiratory disorders including asthma, coughs and tuberculosis. The plant is also known to have been used to treat haemorrhoids, burns, bruises, and gout. The yellow flowers once were used as a source of yellow hair dye. In Appalachia, the plant was reputedly used to treat colds and the boiled root administered for croup. An oil derived from the flowers has been used to soothe earaches. The dried stems of the plant, soaked with resin or wax, are said to have been used as candles or torches.
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Date Taken
Monday, 7 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 7 August, 2017
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2326 0335 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.9255N 1:17.6385E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2324 0335
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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