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r ranson
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Is it mullein?

pretty please let it be mullein.

Big, hairy, rosette, has flower stalk coming.  I'm still waiting for all my mullein seeds I ordered in the spring to arrive, but if this wild plant is mullein, then I'm keen to start harvesting.  I just want to be extra certain as I've never seen mullein in real life before.
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looks a bit like mullein does in photos
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put hand here so you can see the size
 
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Looks like Mullein to me!
 
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Yay! You have mullein!
 
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Definatly woolly mullien. Also called lamb's ear around here. Can be used to help with asthma.
 
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Looks like it to me also can you get a refund on the seeds

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1. how do I harvest it for tea to help my breathing?  Off to see if we have a thread for that.

2. will it produce seeds if it doesn't have a friend nearby?  (aka, is it self-pollinating?)  If so, any tips on saving seeds?
 
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a video about it.

 
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Before I harvest, is there any other plant it could be?
 
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1. I take a knife and cut thru the leaf stems.Tada! Harvested. But you don't need the knife, really. It's easy to tear through the leaf stems. When making tea, I tear the leaves into about 3 inch squares, then place them in boiling water, just removed from heat to steep for 10-20 mins.

2. My first transplant sitting all by itself set seed. But maybe someone nearby had mullein too. Once the seed stalk dries out, snip off approriate length to fit in a bag, or pillow case. Close it up and do a shake and bake dance. Done. You now have millions of seeds.
 
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That is definitely mullien. So good for ear aches--save the yellow flowers and stuff them in some good olive oil. Store in a dark place, shake the jar every so often for 6 weeks. Strain...and store in a dark dropper bottle. When an ear ache comes on, warm the bottle in some water and then drop a few drops in the ear and lay on opposite side--sweet relief!

Mullien extract is also awesome to break up mucous for the sinus, bronchitis and even pneumonia. I know a gal who treated a bad case of walking pneumonia only with mullien extract (tincture) and when she started she was bringing up what she called pudding....cleared it right up. I always have tincture on hand! In fact, my bottle is low-I had a plant last year, but alas it is only a biennial, so seed saving is a must.

Good luck!
 
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Added bonus is that it supplies the nest material for weaver bees. Like Mason bees use mud and leaf cutter bess use bits of leaf the weaver bees use the fibers from the mullein leaves to separate the pollen/nectar bals that they lay an eg on and then cap the nest hole with it. The dried flower stalks can be cut in 6 inch lengths and used by some solitary nesting bees.
I know the weaver bees are working my farm because I find there nests but I have never seen them at work. They must be much more discreet than mason bees which seem to bumble more than bumblebees.

I think I posted pictures of making mullen tea in the middle of the winter when most other leaves were frozen. Some seed sprouts in the fall here and the small rosette overwinters then goes to seed.
 
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