Family, Figwort. Color, yellow, or in one variety (albiflorum) white, with a purplish stain in the center (see p. 204). Calyx, 5-parted. Corolla, 5-lobed, open in maturity, its lobes reflexed. Stamens, 5, their filaments fringed with purple wool. Leaves, those below petioled, deeply cut, oblong; those above clasping, oblong, or lyre-shaped. Summer.
Dry fields, roadsides, waste places, over the Eastern States. This plant has not the extreme woolliness of, and there is nothing in its appearance that should indicate its near relation to, the common mullein. It is low and smooth, with flowers almost nodding and loosely spiked, making some pretensions to prettiness.