Common name: Great mullein. Coinnle Muire.
This population originates from Co Down. Irish Grid reference: J594448.
Biennial occasionally annual. Beautiful and tall, many small yellow flowers on tall spires rise from a rosette of large soft furry leaves up to 1.5m tall.
Attractive and beneficial to all sizes of insects. Medicinal tea can be made from the leaves or the flowers. The plant is used in homeopathic medicine.
Most often coming up from disturbed or stony ground, it shines in the sun.
Sow in spring into modules, plant out when large enough gently into final position, they’re not keen on root disturbance.
Said to ward off enchantments and protect your property. The old flower spikes can be dipped in wax and used as outdoor candles. Used in the olden days as insoles inside your shoes.
Avg contents: 300 seeds.