Today, I’d like to continue our conversation about mullein, aka Verbascum thapsus.

By now, you know how to identify it, (if you didn’t catch the earlier blogpost about Identifying Mullein go check it out!) so now I want to give some tips on harvesting.

Harvest the roots in the fall of the first year. By the second year, the root energy will have gone into flowering and will be spent and basically useless. You can also harvest in early spring before any green growth but it’s better in the fall.

Leaves can be harvested any time in first or second year; just make sure you’re harvesting from a clean, unsprayed area to avoid possible contaminants.

Flowers are a bit trickier because they bloom at different times. I simply store the flowers I pick each day in a jar and keep it in the refrigerator.

There it is! The best way to learn is to simply go for it. Try it out! What’s the worst that can happen? ??

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close up of the top of a flowering mullen plant with a yellow bird perched on top