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Genus: Verbascum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Famliy: Scrophulariaceae

About 360 species, native mainly to the northern temperate regions of the Old World. Verbascum blattaria and Verbascum virgatum are garden escapes in southern Africa. In addition, there are five other exotic species (including two previously placed in Celsia) cultivated in southern Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Verbascum blattaria


Verbascum virgatum


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Verbascum arcturus

[= Celsia arcturus]

Native to Crete.


Verbascum brevipedicellatum

[= Celsia brevipedicellata]

Native to England and tropical Africa.


Verbascum chaixii

Native to Europe.


Verbascum schimperianum

Native to Arabia.


Verbascum thapsus (Great mullein, Common mullein, Flannel plant)

Native to Eurasia.




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