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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/13/2015, 3:24 pm

I have an invasion of mullein immediately adjacent to my lilac thicket.  Can I compost the leaves?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/13/2015, 4:37 pm

I would. What makes you hesitate? BTW, mullein is a great medicinal for congested lungs when smoked.
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Re: Mullein

Post  donnainzone5 on 6/13/2015, 4:51 pm

My throat is too sensitive to smoke ANYTHING.

The reason I ask is that it's spreading rapidly and may be considered invasive here; I'm not sure.  Also, I need to make more compost....
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Post  Kelejan on 6/13/2015, 7:18 pm

You can buy Mullein Leaf Tea on the Internet for $7 per box of 18 tea bags. Cheaper in quantity of course.

Or you can make mullein leaf tea yourself and pour it on the garden.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/13/2015, 8:57 pm

It's supposed to be good for asthma too.  I drink it as a tea.

Donna, I'd dry some and then compost the rest if you need to.

Has it flowered?  I'd love some seeds if it has...  Wink
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/13/2015, 10:02 pm

Atlanta Marie,

A couple of them have begun to flower.  This is my third summer here, and this is a first!

How can I let some go to seed, without overrunning my lilac thicket in the future?

Please give me some hints; I'd be happy to send you some seeds.
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Post  camprn on 6/13/2015, 10:18 pm

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Post  mollyhespra on 6/14/2015, 10:26 am

Up my way Mullein isn't invasive.  It is a biennial with a fairly rugged taproot.  I have a random plant volunteer here or there but it has never been a problem.  I think I saw one in its second year and can gather seeds from it if anyone wants some, but it may not grow where the winters aren't severe; I imagine that it needs to die down in order to complete its life cycle.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/14/2015, 10:26 am

I'd say let them set the seeds, then dig them up and compost/dry/whatever.  That's what I would do anyway...

What do the flowers look like?

Camp - are you saying you want seeds too?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/14/2015, 12:04 pm

Donna, can you post a photo please so we know that it's Mullen were talking about and not Lambs Ear or some other fuzzy look alike? By the way, Lambs Ear makes a great antibacterial bandage.  All these fuzzy ones are great for toilet paper, too, when in a jam. They are all worth growing. Right up there with comfrey in my book.

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Re: Mullein

Post  donnainzone5 on 6/14/2015, 12:05 pm

CC,

I'll do that later today--if I can figure out how to do it!  My last few attempts to post photos failed dismally.
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Post  camprn on 6/14/2015, 3:28 pm

I was saying yes to the original question that Donna asked.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/14/2015, 7:08 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Donna, can you post a photo please so we know that it's Mullen were talking about and not Lambs Ear or some other fuzzy look alike? By the way, Lambs Ear makes a great antibacterial bandage.  All these fuzzy ones are great for toilet paper, too, when in a jam. They are all worth growing. Right up there with comfrey in my book.

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+1!  Wanting to grow all of those!
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/14/2015, 7:56 pm

I took the photos, but can't post them!
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Re: Mullein

Post  greatgranny on 6/14/2015, 9:22 pm

Mullein first year:






Mullein second year:

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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/14/2015, 10:12 pm

I didn't see anything like the first-year plants last year, but the second-year ones look just like what's growing now.
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Post  greatgranny on 6/14/2015, 10:27 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:I didn't see anything like the first-year plants last year, but the second-year ones look just like what's growing now.
The first year ones are not always noticed because they are so close to the ground.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/15/2015, 7:57 am

Oh, my!  Yes, I think that would certainly get MY attention...  Didn't realize they grew so tall...
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/15/2015, 1:04 pm

Here, I hope, is a photo of my mullein:

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Post  greatgranny on 6/15/2015, 1:49 pm

Yes, you are correct.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/15/2015, 2:00 pm

Thanks, Great Granny!

I'd never heard of mullein, but saw these plants growing, hoping that they might be digitalis.  I did some online research, and the word "mullein" imbedded itself in my mind.  

I was pretty sure that I was right, but since I may be sharing some seeds (and someone mentioned it), I decided to verify.
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Post  greatgranny on 6/15/2015, 2:42 pm

In my location they are not native but they grow here quite often if I allow the 2nd year plants go to seed.  Most of the time I pull them out when they are in the small stages of the first year.  If they were growing in the woods on my property I would probably not mind but I do mind when they take up space in my flower beds. 

I like this thread because I never knew that it has medicinal properties.  Good to know.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/15/2015, 6:16 pm

Yes, thank you, Great Granny.  I didn't know what it looked like.  I have just bought the dried leaves in the past.

I drink it when my asthma acts up.  (I also take my emergency stuff...)  I think it MAY help...  But not sure if it's a placebo effect.
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