Verbascum creticum (L.) Cav.

Cretan Mullein

Elench. Pl. Horti Matr. 39 (1803) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect robust biennial 0.4–2 m high, moderately to densely covered by short glandular and longer eglandular hairs. Leaves bidentate to dentate, acuminate, often only weakly rosetted at base; lowest leaves lyrate-pinnatifid, 15–25 cm long, 4–7 cm wide, base truncate or cordate, distinctly petiolate; upper leaves ovate, stem-clasping. Racemes simple, 20–50 cm or more long; flowers solitary in bract axils; bracts 1.5–3 cm long; pedicels 3–5 mm long. Sepals ovate to narrow-ovate, unequal, 8–15 mm long; corolla 30–50 mm diam., yellow with a purple centre, upper lobes shortest; stamens 4 (no staminodes), lower pair longest, 14–16 mm long, filaments of upper pair villous, of lower pair glabrous, anthers of upper pair reniform, of lower pair c. linear, decurrent. Capsule broad-ovoid, 9–15 mm long, glandular-pubescent. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

*CVU, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *HSF, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, Tas. Native to the western Mediterranean region. Scattered and rather uncommon in Victoria, recorded from weedy areas e.g. near Heywood, South Morang, Buchan.

Source: Barker, W.R.; Harden, G.J. (1999). Verbascum. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-19
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Verbascum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Verbascum creticum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Verbascum creticum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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Western Australia
South Australia