Alan Chadwick a Gardener of Souls

Lecture by Alan Chadwick in New Market, Virginia, 1979


Lecture 30.1, Herb Study: Verbascum, Mullein, Part 1

An Introduction to Alan Chadwick's Lectures and a Glossary of Terms



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A biennial and triennial that grows in any type of soil, but absolutely needs good drainage. Propagation is principally by seed, or else by root division. There is one annual verbascum that has a red/purple colored flower. The biennial can grow up to six or eight feet tall. The flower produces a nectar that is very attractive to bees. Medicinal uses of verbascum. The leaves are covered in a grey-white woolly fur and in ancient times these were used as candle wicks. The capacity for knowing a plant directly, rather than intellectually, was more common in former times, but that must be revived. (12:28)



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