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Irrational? Read this: Common Mullein
(Snapdragon family, Ht. 2 to 6 ft.)
A European import, this plant is known for its soft, flannel like leaves, sometimes called Flannel Plant. This biennial takes two years to reach maturity. Its said the Romans dipped its dried flower stalks in animal tallow to use as torches. Pioneers and Native Americans put the soft wooly leaves in their footwear for warmth and comfort. Victorian ladies rubbed the leaves on their cheeks, slightly irritating their skin but producing a dash of blush. Its dried stems stand well into winter. (from Wildflowers of Minnesota, Field Guide by Stan Tekiela).


I stand corrected! If I need to insulate my shoes or arm a local mob with torches, then I guess I'm good to go...


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