Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, is sometimes called Great Mullein. Edible, bright yellow flowers of Mullein are used in salads. The leaves are used medicinally as a soothing agent for sore throats, bronchi and lungs. Relieves mucous congestion. This ancient herb was reputed to drive away evil spirits. A few drops of the essential oil is a topical treatment of earache. Tall seed stalks make an attractive dried flower arrangement. Mullein is native of Europe and Asia. Adaptable to most chalky or gravely soils. Yellow flowers appear in summer. A biennial plant, growing to 2m x 1.5m. Note; The species Verbascum thapsiforme and Verbascum thapsus are medicinally interchangeable.