The warmth of this summer has helped this golden plant to produce a most spectacular flower head this year.
I bought the parent about three years ago and after it flowered, the plant disappeared from the garden and I though that was the end of it. I have been reading about it in Wikipedia and discovered that the seeds can remain dormant in the soil for many years. Last year basal rosettes began to grow at various points around the garden and on the drive and although they are really in the way when I mow the lawn, I left them. This spring the flower spikes emerged and grew, and grew and grew like the beanstalk that Jack climbed. Now covered in golden flowers, one has leaned against the pear tree and has reached a height of about eight feet.
Depending on where you are in the world, mullein is a pest or a pleasure. Where it has been taken from Europe to the New World, it is a weed, readily colonising dry sunny sites. In its home range, it is the source of herbal remedies and dyes. As well as wonder and delight. Thanks for the heght comparison VP!