Verbascum thapsus

Common Name: mullein

Other Names: cowboy’s toilet paper (wipe with the grain), great mullein, Aaron’s rod, candlewick plant, cow lungwort, velvet dock, flannel plant, feltwort, shepherd’s staff, torches, our lady’s flannel, blanket herb, rag paper, wild ice leaf, clown’s lungwort, Peter’s staff, Jacob’s staff, shepherd’s club, beggar’s stalk, Adam’s flannel, beggar’s blanket, fluffweed, hare’s beard, old man’s flannel, white mullein, mullein dock

Family: Scrophulariaceae


  • mucilage (polysaccharides) soothe irritated tissues
  • saponins stimulate fluid production, thinning the mucus increasing expectoration
  • tannins, volatile oils, fats, proteins
  • flavonoids (verbascoside, hesperidin) & iridoid glycosides decrease inflammation
  • terpenoids


  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • beta-carotene
  • manganese
  • phosphorous
  • potassium
  • selenium
  • zinc
  • vitamins B1, B2, B3
  • Vitamin C