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Growing Mullein in Central Texas

Updated: Jul 22

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Mullein, with its towering, velvety leaves and striking striking yellow flower spike that can grow quite tall, is a gorgeous presence in the garden and adds vertical interest to any landscape.

Growing Mullein

Mullein is well-suited to the hot dry climate of Central Texas. It's a biennial plant that thrives in full sun,m and well-draining soil, and its deep taproot helps it tolerate periods of drought. Once established, mullein can self-seed in the garden. If growing from seeds, know that it needs a period of cold stratification. You can do this by winter sowing in the fall and allowing the plant to experience a period of cold naturally. Or you can simulate winter by putting the seeds in the fridge.

Working with Mullein

Mullein has an affinity for the respiratory tract and a long history of use in supporting lung health. It is often used as an expectorant, helping to loosen and expel mucus from the respiratory system. It's also known for its demulcent properies, soothing and coating irritated tissues. This makes it a popular addition to herbal teas and herbal smoke blends.

We love growing mullein and often have mullein plants for sale in Central Texas, depending on the season. Here's how to order plants from us.

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