One wildflower that gets little respect, at least I have heard mostly discouraging words for it, is Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsis). It is generally a roadside or waste area plant, but I have seen a few in flower gardens and for good reason. The first year growth, for which I have no images, is a lovely hairy rosette that hugs the ground. The second year produces a tall spike that is covered with creamy yellow blossoms.
Mullein has quite a few medicinal uses and even more aliases….my favorite is Clown’s Lungwort. I have never used Mullein as an herb, but have seen it sold in several places. It is supposed to help with colds, as a tea, but I prefer Comfrey.
I am hoping, and the forecast supports it, that this morning was our last truly cold start to the day. Warmish days and not too cold nights are on the calendar for the next week with just a slight possibility of a flurry here or there. Wish us luck. 🙂