Flannel Mullein

– photographed along the Flint Hills Nature Trail near Council Grove

According to Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses and other sources this plant’s uses include:

  • Dried leaves were used by Native Americans as a treatment for asthma and bronchitis.
  • The fat, fuzzy leaves were used in the soles of shoes as insulation
  • A hair dye was made by boiling the leaves in lye
  • The ancient Greeks and Romans dipped mullein stalks in tallow for funeral torches
  • The fuzz on the leaves was woven into candle wicks
  • An oil made from mullien flowers is used for earache, frostbite and bruises.