Montana Outdoors

October 5, 2011

Moth Mullein

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:17 pm

Finally, breaking away from the summer heat and a little rain. Yesterday these blossoms enjoyed a brief period of sun; rain is in the forecast again for tomorrow, and snow above 6,500 feet. (I shall try to be there to greet it!)

Moth Mullein

Moth Mullein

Moth Mullein ~ Verbascum Blattaria



  1. Very pretty!


    Comment by Roberta — October 5, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    • They are actually a Eurasian transplant, but their blossoms are pretty and they add a little welcome color in late summer.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  2. That is one of my very favorite flowers! I didn’t get a photo of any this year.


    Comment by kateri — October 5, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    • I saw a few in bloom two months ago, then yesterday there were a lot still blooming. Interesting year.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

  3. How are the fall colors looking over your way?


    Comment by columbiahighlands — October 5, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    • Just starting so far. It hasn’t been cold yet other than a few nights.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

  4. Beautiful photos. Look forward to some snow pics soon! They are forecasting some for the hills of Scotland over the next week or so.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 6, 2011 @ 12:11 am

    • I would like to see some on the mountain tops, but it isn’t as cold this morning as was forecasted. I bet those Scottish hills are pretty with snow!


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 8:12 am

  5. This pretty flower is a little bit of sunshine in itself! 🙂
    Hope you made it to see the snow, there’s just something magical about the first snowfall of the year.


    Comment by thedailyclick — October 6, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    • Clouds hide the mountain tops this morning. Who knows what will be up above them?


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 8:22 am

  6. Beautiful photos, Terry. A very pretty flower indeed!


    Comment by Barbara — October 6, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    • Thanks Barbara. Perhaps the last flower of this season.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  7. Hi Montucky, Thanks for showing the side view of the blossom – very interesting to see the internal structures so well. A beautiful flower for sure. Hope you’ll enjoy the snow area – I am seeing more signs of a coming colder Winter here in Cumberland County, TN on the Plateau. Hope I am wrong and we have a mild one. Have a fine day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 6, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    • I hope your winter is mild too. Here though I’m hoping for one like last year’s with lots of snow. It has been so good for the forests and streams.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

  8. That is pretty. Are the leaves of the plant velvety? It must be like our asters, here. My pink plant only had one flower bloom before the frost hit it this morning.


    Comment by sandy — October 6, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    • No, these leaves are not at all like those of the other mulleins. It must be a distant relative. We still haven’t had a frost, and the snow that was supposed to be here today is running late!


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  9. Beautiful. Does it have ‘Moth’ in the title because it partly resembles one or because it attracts moths, do you think?


    Comment by Val — October 6, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    • I’ve read that the name came about because the flower’s stamen resembles a moth’s antennae. Personally I’ve never noticed that.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  10. Love the mist droplets, and the backlighting in the first one.

    PS the laptop gets your blog and emailed notifications just fine. Must be a bug with the desk top.


    Comment by Kim — October 6, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    • That’s a strange computer bug: I can’t remember anything like that.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  11. Beautiful flower. I think the snow will come to greet you since you weren’t able to greet it.


    Comment by Candace — October 6, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    • Maybe we will meet in the middle. It will be awhile yet, but my snow shoes are already ready.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  12. Terrific photos. I especially like the last photo. Thank You again when presenting flowers of Your country which are unknown to me.


    Comment by sartenada — October 7, 2011 @ 3:22 am

    • I’m glad you liked that photo. I liked it too. Soon there will be no more flowers in bloom until spring: I will miss them.


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2011 @ 10:20 am

  13. A lovely wildflower- most of the ones I’ve seen are of the white variety, though the yellow ones are here and there.


    Comment by Watching Seasons — October 13, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    • Even these are no longer blooming now. Perhaps they forecast weather better than the experts!


      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  14. Gorgeous back-lighting on the first blossom… both are lovely macros!


    Comment by Victoria — October 20, 2011 @ 9:56 am

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