Weed or a gift from God?

Asked April 8, 2020, 6:42 PM EDT

Beautiful, green, lush, symmetrical, robust! What is it? Should I keep it or weed it?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Some would argue that many so-called "weeds" are also "gifts from God". :)

In this case you have a plant called Common Mullein. It is a biennial that grows a low rosette the first year, then sends up a candle of yellow flowers the second year.
You can see photos here: https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=2799
You will note that it is listed as a non-native invasive because it self seeds. Technically you should pull it out, but some people (myself included), let it grow and bloom and then remove the candle before the seed ripens. Pollinators love it, so this way they can still feed, you can still enjoy them, but they won't spread all over.