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Mullein: A Common Weed With a Host of Potential Health Benefits

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  • Mullein is a flowering plant that is classified as a weed because it spreads quickly throughout gardens and public areas
  • Mullein has around 300 species and is native to Europe, Asia and North Africa. The common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is perhaps the most well-known variant of the plant, due to its history of medical use among various cultures

The mullein plant (Verbascum) is a biennial introduced in the United States during the 18th century by settlers. Due to its quick rate of spreading in certain areas such as western North America, it has earned a reputation as an undesirable weed in gardens.

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