Herb: Wooly Mullein

Latin name: Verbascum phlomoides

Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Medicinal use of Wooly Mullein:

The seed is used to expel tapeworms from the body. No other details are given, but the seeds probably contain saponins and so should be used with caution. The flowers and leaves are anodyne, antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, expectorant, pectoral and vulnerary. An infusion is used internally in the treatment of various respiratory complaints including coughs, bronchitis, asthma and throat irritations. An infusion of the fresh or dried flowers in olive oil is used to treat earaches, sores, wounds, boils etc. The plant is harvested when in flower and should be dried quickly and with care or it will lose its medicinal qualities.

Description of the plant:


120 cm
(4 feet)

June to

Habitat of the herb:

Dry sandy or stony ground.

Other uses of Wooly Mullein:

The whole plant is used to repel mice and rats.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow late spring to early summer in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in late summer. The seed has a long viability.

Cultivation of Wooly Mullein:

Dry sandy or stony ground.

Known hazards of Verbascum phlomoides:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.