SX9049 : Aaron's Rod, Verbascum thapsus, near Brownstone Battery

taken 12 years ago, near to Kingswear, Devon, Great Britain

Aaron's Rod, Verbascum thapsus, near Brownstone Battery
Aaron's Rod, Verbascum thapsus, near Brownstone Battery
Aaron's rod, like so many wild plants, has been used for practical purposes. The fluffy layer of the leaves was scraped off and made into candle wicks. It had the folk names of "candlewick plant" and "high taper" and the whole stem was sometimes burned as a flare at country social occasions. Most parts of the plant are poisonous, but the flowers were used as a medicine.

It is a striking plant and here it dominates its neighbours in the cleared scrubland by the coastal path.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 19 October, 2009
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Plantlife   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 904 497 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:20.2199N 3:32.4856W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 904 497
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