Tredegar wall cabbage

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4 Responses to “Tredegar wall cabbage”

  1. unclebanjo Says:

    This may be the best of “in the mean time” yet.

  2. NOT a cabbage. Mullein is not a crucifer. Didn’t any of you take botany?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbascum_thapsus

    Like many ancient medicinal plants (Pliny the Elder describes it in his Naturalis Historia),[note 5] Great Mullein was linked to witches,[27] although the relationship remained generally ambiguous, and the plant was also widely held to ward off curses and evil spirits.[27][48][66][67] The seeds contain several compounds (saponins, glycosides, coumarin, rotenone) that cause breathing problems in fish, and have been widely used as piscicide for fishing.[7][73]

    The flowers provide dyes of bright yellow or green, and have been used for hair dye.[27][71] The dried leaves and hair were made into candle wicks, or put into shoes to help with insulating them. The dried stems were also dipped into suet or wax to make torches.[27][67] Due to its weedy capacities, the plant, unlike other species of the genus (such as V. phoeniceum), is not often cultivated.

  3. corndoggie Says:

    Thanks, bosco. I wondered about these Jaspers. A non-native piscicide, huh?

  4. There are native ones.. different species. It is said the fuzzy leaves were used like diapers & “sanitary napkins”.

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