The Mullein and The Weevil

Most of the Mullein  on the farm this year is growing around the Dahlia Garden.  In the past its gown in north pasture, barnyard and along the road.

I’m happy to have it where ever it grows.  I love the color of deep yellow flowers and bright orange stamens and the soft  furry sage green leaves.

It’s a big plant, the ones on the farm grow about three to four feet tall.  They have big broad leaves and a tall stalk,  which may be one of the reasons they  remind me of desert plants.  I can almost imagine we have cactus growing in the yard in the summer.

They are also loaded with all kinds of interesting insects.

This morning I spotted this little beetle with the long nose on one mullein.   When I looked it up and saw it was weevil (which is a snout beetle)   I was a bit concerned.  I’m familiar with the stories of boll weevils destroying crops.

But there are tens of thousands  of different kinds of  weevils and they are wonderful pollinators.

This Mullein fell over then righted itself, so it isn’t tall like they usually are.  But it’s still a beautiful flower.   Tea made from the leaves is used to help with respiratory problems.

4 thoughts on “The Mullein and The Weevil

  1. My close friend who I do birding and botany of native flora with showed me how the Mullen leaves are nature’s ‘toilet paper’. It could do the job but I’ve never tried! Still I enjoy passing on this tidbit that she learned from the lore in her family from at least the early years of the 20th century. And yes a lovely flower.

    1. I love that Lois! And it makes complete sense to me. also something I haven’t read anywhere. It’s the kind of thing that would be lost for sure.

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