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  • 1 High school career
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 3.1 Orlando Magic (2014–2021)
      • 3.1.1 2014–15 season
      • 3.1.2 2015–16 season
      • 3.1.3 2016–17 season
      • 3.1.4 2017–18 season
      • 3.1.5 2018–19 season
      • 3.1.6 2019–20 season
      • 3.1.7 2020–21 season
    • 3.2 Denver Nuggets (2021–present)
  • 4 Career statistics
    • 4.1 NBA
      • 4.1.1 Regular season
      • 4.1.2 Playoffs
    • 4.2 College
  • 5 National team career
  • 6 Personal life
  • 7 Media figure and business interests
    • 7.1 Endorsements
    • 7.2 Philanthropy
  • 8 Awards and honors
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Gordon attended Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California and started on the varsity basketball team for four years, winning two Division II state basketball championships in his sophomore and junior seasons. He led Mitty to its third straight state title game in his senior year, but his team lost in the inaugural Open Division final.

As a freshman in 2009–10, Gordon started in 28 of 41 games and averaged 11.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He also competed on the school's track and field team as a thrower and played summer basketball for the Oakland Soldiers.

As a sophomore in 2010–11, Gordon helped his team win Mitty's first state title in men's basketball. His team also captured the WCAL regular season and playoff crowns, CCS Division II title and Nor-Cal championship. They finished with a 32–2 record and closed the season on a 20–0 winning streak. He started in all 34 games and averaged 16.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. He scored 17 points and hauled in a state championship record 21 rebounds in the 2011 title game.

As a junior in 2011–12, Gordon averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. [3] In the state basketball tournament, he averaged 27.0 points per game before finding out he had been playing with mononucleosis. He was chosen as the California Mr. Basketball Player of the Year. The last junior to be Mr. Basketball in California was Tyson Chandler in 2000, and before him, Jason Kidd in 1991. [3]

As a senior in 2012–13, Gordon averaged 21.6 points, a school-record 15.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game in leading Archbishop Mitty to a 28–6 record and a runner-up finish in the CIF Open Division. [4]

Gordon committed to the University of Arizona on April 2, 2013, announcing his decision in a press conference before the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game. [5] After a 24-point, 8-rebound performance leading the West to a 110–99 victory, Gordon was named the game's MVP. [6]

At Arizona, on February 13, 2014, Gordon was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year. [7] He was named to the All-Pac-12 first team, [8] as well as earning Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Year and Pac-12 All-Freshman team honors.

On April 15, 2014, Gordon declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility. [9]

Orlando Magic (2014–2021)

2014–15 season

On June 26, 2014, Gordon was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. [10] On July 2, he signed with the Magic and joined them for the 2014 NBA Summer League. [11] After appearing in the first 11 games of the 2014–15 season, Gordon was ruled out indefinitely on November 16 after he fractured a bone in his left foot in the Magic's loss to the Washington Wizards the night before. [12] He returned to action on January 18, 2015 against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing 32 games. [13] On April 4, he recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in a 97–90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. [14] [15]

2015–16 season

In July 2015, Gordon re-joined the Magic for the 2015 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 21.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks in three games. [16] On November 4, 2015, he scored a career-high 19 points in a loss to the Houston Rockets. [17] On January 31, 2016, he tied his career high of 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 119–114 win over the Boston Celtics. [18] He went on to record 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds the following night against the San Antonio Spurs. [19] During the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, Gordon was the runner-up to Zach LaVine in the Slam Dunk Contest. Their battle through two tie-breakers in the final round drew comparisons to the showdown between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins in 1988. Gordon utilised Stuff the Magic Dragon, his team's 6½-ft tall mascot, in his dunks his final dunk involved him jumping over Stuff while passing the ball under both legs. [20] On February 25, he had another 19-point outing in a 130–114 loss to the Golden State Warriors. [21] Three days later, he set a new career high with 22 points in a 130–116 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. [22] On April 13, in the Magic's season finale, Gordon tied his career high of 22 points in a 117–103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. [23]

2016–17 season

On December 14, 2016, Gordon scored a career-high 33 points in a 113–108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. [24] On February 18, 2017, he participated in his second consecutive Slam Dunk Contest, but failed to make it past the first round. On March 31, 2017, he scored 20 of his 32 points in the first half of the Magic's 117–116 loss to the Boston Celtics. He also had 16 rebounds in the game. [25] In the Magic's season finale on April 12, Gordon had 32 points and 12 rebounds in a 113–109 win over the Detroit Pistons. [26]

2017–18 season

On October 24, 2017, Gordon scored a career-high 41 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining, to lift the Magic to a 125–121 win over the Brooklyn Nets. [27] On November 29, 2017, he had 40 points and 15 rebounds to help Orlando end a nine-game losing streak with a 121–108 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. [28] On December 30, 2017, he had a 39-point effort in a 117–111 loss to the Miami Heat. [29] Gordon missed nine games in February, including the All-Star Slam Dunk contest, with a strained left hip flexor. [30] On March 24, 2018, he had 29 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in a 105–99 win over the Phoenix Suns. [31]

2018–19 season

On July 6, 2018, Gordon re-signed with the Magic. [32] In the Magic's season opener on October 17, Gordon had 26 points and 16 rebounds in a 104–101 win over the Miami Heat. [33] On November 18, he scored 20 of his 31 points in the first quarter of the Magic's 131–117 win over the New York Knicks. [34] On January 2, 2019, he had a then career-high nine assists in a 112–84 win over the Chicago Bulls. [35]

2019–20 season

Gordon was runner-up in the Slam Dunk Contest to Derrick Jones Jr. during the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend. They both had perfect scores in their first two dunks in the second round, forcing an overtime round. After they both earned perfect scores on their initial dunks, Jones won by scoring a 48 after taking off just past the free throw line to complete a windmill dunk Gordon received a 47 after dunking over 7-foot-5-inch (2.26 m) Tacko Fall. [36] On February 28, Gordon recorded his first career triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in a 136–125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. [37]

2020–21 season

On March 19, 2021, Gordon posted a season-high 38 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in a 121–113 victory against the Brooklyn Nets, ending the Magics' nine-game losing streak and stopping the Nets' winning streak at six games. In his efforts, Gordon knocked down a career-high seven 3-pointers. [38] [39] On March 22, it was reported that Gordon had requested a trade from the Magic. [40]

Denver Nuggets (2021–present)

On March 25, 2021, Gordon and Gary Clark were traded to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for guards Gary Harris and R. J. Hampton and a future first round pick. [41]

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

2014–15 Orlando 47 8 17.0 .447 .271 .721 3.6 .7 .4 .5 5.2
2015–16 Orlando 78 37 23.9 .473 .296 .668 6.5 1.6 .8 .7 9.2
2016–17 Orlando 80 72 28.7 .454 .288 .719 5.1 1.9 .8 .5 12.7
2017–18 Orlando 58 57 32.9 .434 .336 .698 7.9 2.3 1.0 .8 17.6
2018–19 Orlando 78 78 33.8 .449 .349 .731 7.4 3.7 .7 .7 16.0
2019–20 Orlando 62 62 32.5 .437 .308 .674 7.7 3.7 .8 .6 14.4
2020–21 Orlando 25 25 29.4 .437 .375 .629 6.6 4.2 .6 .8 14.6
Career 428 339 28.6 .447 .323 .695 6.4 2.5 .8 .6 12.9



Gordon led Team USA to the 2011 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship gold medal, with team-highs of 17.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. He went on to earn MVP honors, while leading the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, in Prague, where he averaged team highs of 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, in addition to shooting 61.2 percent from the field. He was also named to the 2011–12 USA Developmental National Team, and participated at the 2010 USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp. [4]

Gordon is the son of former San Diego State basketball star Ed Gordon who is African American and Shelly Davis Gordon who is White American. [42] [43] Gordon's great-great grandfather, a Native American Osage Indian, was seven feet tall. [44] Gordon's older brother, Drew, is also a professional basketball player. His older sister, Elise, played collegiately for the Harvard women's basketball team from 2010 to 2014. As an eight-year-old, Gordon qualified to compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Junior Olympics, but chose instead to play in a basketball tournament. [45]

Gordon is currently the president of athlete acquisition for the sports psychology app, Lucid, introduced to him by his mental skills coach, Graham Betchart. [46]

Gordon made his acting debut in Uncle Drew as the character Casper, which was released in June 2018. [47]

Gordon released his debut single "Pull Up" ft. Moe on the 7th April 2020. [48]


Gordon of the NBA's Orlando Magic has signed a partnership agreement with Chinese leading sports brand 361º In 2020. Gordon will serve as the new face of the company's basketball division. The multi-year partnership will include an Aaron Gordon signature shoe and apparel line as well as provide support for Aaron Gordons charitable initiatives and Foundational work. [49]


Gordon, a co-winner of the 2019 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment award, recently made a financial contribution to the Homeless Education Fund at the Foundation for Orange County (Florida) Public Schools in hopes of helping children adversely affected by school districts cancelling classes in wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. [50]

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  • Common Names: Goldenbanner, Carolina lupine, Golden bean, wet tooth, False lupine, Mountain thermopsis.
  • Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
  • Height: 12 to 60 inches (30—150 cm).
  • Native: North America, East Asia.
  • Growing Region: Zones 3 to 9.
  • Flowers: Late spring through to summer.
  • Flower Details: Yellow. Pea-like. Terminal racemes. Erect stalks. Similar to lupines.
  • Fruit: Legume pod. Villous.
  • Foliage: Herbaceous. Clump forming. Greyish-green. Compound. Oval leaflets.
  • Sow Outside: Cover seed. Start of spring - before the last light frost, or towards the end of autumn.
  • Sow Inside: : Germination time: two to four weeks. Temperature: 70°F (21°C). First chip seeds, soak for a day in warm water, then sow in peat pots. Seven or eight weeks before the expected last frost. Transplant outdoors following the last frost. Space at 18 to 24 inches (45—60 cm).
  • Requirements and care: Full sunlight or light shade in hot areas. Good drainage. Acidic to neutral soil pH 5.5 to 7. Gritty soil for best results, but tolerant of most soil types. Can survive in dry soils. Deadhead to promote second bloom. Provide support. Cut back to the ground in autumn. Long taproots make it difficult to transplant. Propagate: by division in the spring.
  • Family: Fabaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Beans, Peas, and other Legumes.
  • Miscellaneous: Toxic if ingested. Traditionally used by Native Americans to produce yellow dye and as an infusion to treat stomach disorders, especially in horses.

The seeds of Thermopsis plants should be sown outdoors just before the last frost of spring or late on in autumn. Once sown, lightly cover the seeds.

Ideally they should be grown in a sunny or partially shaded area of the garden that has a gritty soil of pH 5.5 to 7.

If starting off indoors then sow Goldenbanners, Aaron's rod, and similar seeds into peat pots about seven weeks before the last frost is expected.

The seeds should first be chipped and need to be imbibed by soaking in warm water for a day. It should take from two weeks to a month for them to germinate. Once established plant the young plants outdoors following the last frost of spring at about 50 to 60 cm apart.

In the culture of the Israelites, the rod (Hebrew: מַטֶּה ‎ maṭṭeh) was a natural symbol of authority, as the tool used by the shepherd to correct and guide his flock (Psalm 23:4). Moses's rod is, in fact, cited in Exodus 4:2 as carried by him while he tended his sheep and later (Exodus 4:20) becomes his symbol of authority over the Israelites (Psalm 2:9, Psalm 89:32, Isaiah 10:24 and 11:4, Ezekiel 20:37). The rods of both Moses and Aaron were endowed with miraculous power during the Plagues of Egypt (Exodus 7:17, 8:5, 8:16-17, 9:23, and 10:13) God commanded Moses to raise his rod over the Red Sea when it was to be parted (Exodus 14:16) and in prayer over Israel in battle (Exodus 17:9) Moses brings forth water from a stone using his rod (Exodus 17:2-6).

Aaron's rod, however, is cited twice as exhibiting miraculous power on its own, when not physically in the grasp of its owner. In Exodus 7 (Parshat Va'eira in the Torah), God sends Moses and Aaron to the Pharaoh once more, instructing Aaron that when the Pharaoh demands to see a miracle, he is to "cast down his rod" and it will become a serpent. When he does so, the Pharaoh's sorcerers counter by similarly casting down their own rods, which also become serpents, but Aaron's rod swallows them all. "The Pharaoh's heart is stubborn" and he chooses to ignore this bit of symbolic warning, and so the Plagues of Egypt ensue. Notably, this chapter begins with God telling Moses, "Behold, I have made you as God to the Pharaoh and your brother Aaron will be your prophet." As God transmits his word through his prophets to his people, so Moses will transmit God's message through Aaron to the Pharaoh. The prophet's task was to speak God's word on God's behalf. He was God's "mouth". (Exodus 4:15-16)

In Numbers 16, Korah's rebellion against Moses's proclamation of the tribe of Levi as the priesthood has been quashed and the entire congregation's ensuing rebellion has resulted in a plague, ended only by the intercession of Moses and Aaron. In order to "stop the complaints" of the Israelites, God commands that each of the Twelve Tribes provide a rod and only that of the tribe chosen to become priests will miraculously sprout overnight. Aaron provides his rod to represent the tribe of Levi, and "it put forth buds, produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds" (Numbers 17:8), as an evidence of the exclusive right to the priesthood of the tribe of Levi. In commemoration of this decision it was commanded that the rod be put again "before the testimony" (Numbers 17:10). [1]

A book of the Christian Bible seems to assert (Hebrews 9:4) that the rod was kept in the Ark of the Covenant. [1]

The Bible ascribes similar miraculous powers to the Rod of Aaron and to the staff of Moses (compare, for example, Exodus 4:2 et seq. and 7:9). The Haggadah goes a step further, and entirely identifies the Rod of Aaron with that of Moses. [1] Thus, the Midrash Yelammedenu states that:

the staff with which Jacob crossed the Jordan is identical with that which Judah gave to his daughter-in-law, Tamar (Genesis 32:10, 38:18). It is likewise the holy rod with which Moses worked (Exodus 4:20, 21), with which Aaron performed wonders before Pharaoh (Exodus 7:10), and with which, finally, David slew the giant Goliath (I Samuel 17:40). David left it to his descendants, and the Davidic kings used it as a scepter until the destruction of the Temple, when it miraculously disappeared. When the Messiah comes it will be given to him for a scepter in token of his authority over the heathen. [1]

It was made of sapphire, weighed forty seahs (a seah = 10.70 pounds), and bore the inscription דצ״ך עד״ש באח״ב , which is composed of the initials of the Hebrew names of the Ten Plagues (Tan., Waëra 8, ed. Buber). [1]

However, according to that selfsame Jewish Encyclopedia article, the authors acknowledge that this prior reference by Buber confuses the two rods. Later, the article states: "A later Midrash (Num. R. xviii. end) confuses the legends of the rod that blossomed with those of the rod that worked miracles, thus giving us contradictory statements. There exists a legend that Moses split a tree trunk into twelve portions, and gave one portion to each tribe." [ citation needed ]

According to this account, everything fits into place. Moses' royal staff was the regal rod that belonged to Adam, but Aaron's stick was just that.

Legend has still more to say concerning this rod. God created it in the twilight of the sixth day of Creation (Pirkei Avoth 5:9, and Mekhilta, Beshallaḥ, ed. Weiss, iv. 60), and delivered it to Adam when the latter was driven from paradise. After it had passed through the hands of Shem, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob successively, it came into the possession of Joseph. On Joseph's death the Egyptian nobles stole some of his belongings, and, among them, Jethro appropriated the staff. Jethro planted the staff in his garden, when its marvelous virtue was revealed by the fact that nobody could withdraw it from the ground(the sword in the stone) even to touch it was fraught with danger to life. This was because the Ineffable Name of God was engraved upon it. [1]

When Moses entered Jethro's household he read the Name, and by means of it was able to draw up the rod, for which service Zipporah, Jethro's daughter, was given to him in marriage. Her father had sworn that she should become the wife of the man who should be able to master the miraculous rod and of no other (Pirḳe R. El. 40 Sefer ha-Yashar Yalḳ. Exodus 168, end). It must, however, be remarked that the Mishnah (Pirkei Avoth v. 9) as yet knew nothing of the miraculous creation of Aaron's Rod, which is first mentioned by the Mekilta (l.c.) and Sifre on Deuteronomy (Berakhot xxxiii. 21 ed. Friedmann, p. 355). [1]

This supposed fact of the supernatural origin of the rod explains the statement in the New Testament (Hebrews 9:4) and Tosefta, Yoma, iii. 7 (it is to be interpreted thus according to Bava Batra 14a), that Aaron's Rod, together with its blossoms and fruit, was preserved in the Ark. King Josiah, who foresaw the impending national catastrophe, concealed the Ark and its contents [Aaron's rod, vial of manna and the anointing oil placed within a hidden chamber which had been built by King Solomon [2] ] (Tosefta, Sotah, 13a) and their whereabouts will remain unknown until, in the Messianic age, the prophet Elijah shall reveal them (Mekhilta l.c.). [1]

A later Midrash (Numbers R. xviii. end) confuses the legends of the rod that blossomed with those of the rod that worked miracles, thus giving us contradictory statements. There exists a legend that Moses split a tree trunk into twelve portions, and gave one portion to each tribe. When the Rod of Aaron produced blossoms, the Israelites could not but acknowledge the significance of the token. [1]

The account of the blossoming of Aaron's rod contained in Clement's first letter to the Corinthians (ep. 43) is quite in haggadic-midrashic style, and must probably be ascribed to Jewish or, more strictly speaking, Jewish-Hellenistic sources. According to that account, Moses placed upon each of the twelve staffs the corresponding seal of the head of a tribe. The doors of the sanctuary were similarly sealed, to prevent anyone from having access to the rods at night. [1]

The miraculous flowering of the rod was also considered a type of the Incarnation of Christ and his Virgin Birth, and appears in scenes of the Annunciation to Mary. [3]

In the Ethiopian fourteenth-century text of the Kebra Nagast, Aaron's rod is broken in three and probably a symbol of the Trinity: "The rod of Aaron which sprouted after it had become withered though no one watered it with water, and one had broken it in two places, and it became three rods being [originally only] one rod." [4]

D. H. Lawrence entitled a novel Aaron's Rod in 1922. This book describes a flautist, Aaron Sissons, and his experiences as he journeys through a Europe exhausted by the First World War. The biblical eponymous reference, with the flute representing a magic rod, is intended to be ironic.

Verbascum Species, Aaron's Rod, Adam's Flannel, Common Mullein, Great Mullein


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:


Foliage Color:




USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Bloom Time:

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

From seed direct sow outdoors in fall

Self-sows freely deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Boulder Creek, California(2 reports)

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Wilmington, Delaware(2 reports)

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

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Gardeners' Notes:

On Jun 10, 2016, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

Mullein has been coming up in my Zone 7A garden in Petersburg, Virginia, for fifteen years or more. I let it grow where it has seeded, and I don't think I've ever had more than four or five a year. My garden is what might politely be called a "cottage garden," which means, in my case, a bit of a hodge-podge. So the mullein fits right in.

On Aug 17, 2012, SovereignMan from Watford,
United Kingdom wrote:

We now have an allotment (rented municipal plot). There is a Mullein that we have watched develope over the last 6 weeks. At a height of about five feet, the main stem went into a horizontal loop of about 270 degrees and six inches diameter. It then went straight up for about two feet.

A couple of the seed pods are starting to turn brown so we took one and split it open. There were scores of seeds inside. We expect to harvest hundreds of thousands of seeds. These may be gathered and sold. Some will be sown for future projects. It would be good to plant an avenue of these magnificent plants.

There is a cluster of approximately four seedlings about twelve feet away from the main plant so we shall dig those up and transplant them to our home garden. The. read more y will make a lovely pair of gate guardians. One on either side of the entrance. It would be good to plant an avenue with these magnificent plants.

On Jul 4, 2012, mommygardner from Oakland, ME wrote:

My family and I have moved back to my parent's homestead here in Oakland Maine where we have inherited 60 years of plantings (thanks to my mom). We are doing a lot of transplanting and learning about some flowers we know nothing about. We had come across the common mullein without knowing what it is until I did some computer research. We love the bright yellow color of the flower and though we only have a few we are enjoying what some call a weed. I am looking forward to many more years of research and delight with finding out what plants my mom had planted and that I can transplant at other points in our yard as the years go by. Flowers are of such beauty!

On Jan 12, 2011, xcon from Larsen, WI wrote:

this plant is great i enjoy it so much

On Jan 18, 2010, i24him from Radcliff, KY wrote:

I saw it in neighbors yard, the tip touched the top of the deck. She told me it was Mullein, that it comes back every year. I knew nothing more. I am so excited to find out all the information on it. My sister is coughing really bad with nothing coming up has been on two rounds of anitbodies. Another person or person fail to stop smoking. Another trouble sleeping. Seems I should try some do experimenting with this medicine plants. We called them wild flowers, not weeds. Me and the neighbors collect and trans plant a lot of "wild flowers". Other people consider weeds. They are merely plants with names, to us. Thank all of you, for all of the good information. Grows in Elizabethtown, KY , Vine Grove , KY, Sonora KY, Glendale, KY, Upton, KY, Radcliff, KY, Louisville,KY, Irving,KY, Frankfort,. read more KY,Muldraugh,KY,West Point, KY.

On Jun 3, 2009, wuzo15 from Connellys Springs, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I found this plant growing on my property in a weedy area last year. It looked like a Lamb's Ear. I decided to see how it fared during last winter. I'm new to NC and was eager to see if it would "make it". Well, it did! I went on Dave's to have help with identifying it. So many helpful folks here. Although it's on the invasive "watch list" here in NC, I'm going to let it grow. The height, up to 12 feet, will be perfect for the area.

On Dec 4, 2008, creekwalker from Benton County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I LOVE Mullein! It doesn't self seed nearly enough to my liking. The flowers can be soaked in olive oil for a great skin conditioner and for ear complaints, especially for dogs ears. The leaves are wonderfully fuzzy, though you don't want to use them on your skin because it can cause dermatitis.

On Jun 26, 2008, JulieWeatherby from Windsor Locks, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

There are two of these at the edge of our yard, one on each side of the house. And one low one that gets mowed in the front yard.

I rather like their tall stature, top spike with a few small yellow flowers, and big furry leaves. However, they are on the National Park Service's "Least Wanted List".

Maybe I will keep the plants but not let the seeds sow themselves in the fall.

Common mullein threatens natural meadows and forest openings, where it adapts easily to a wide variety of site conditions. Once established, it grows more vigorously than many native herbs and shrubs, and its growth can overtake a site in fairly short order. An established population of common mullein can be extremely difficult to eradicate. It is. read more estimated that a single plant can produce 100,000-180,000 seeds which may remain viable for more than 100 years. The seeds are dispersed mechanically near the parent plant during the autumn and winter. If blooms or seed capsules are present, reproductive structures should be removed, bagged, and properly disposed of in a sanitary landfill."

On Sep 22, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant self sows in my garden each year. I rather like it, so I only pull up a few of them. A friend from Oklahoma told me that the Native Americans cut the root off, cleaned it, put a hole through it on one end and put a string through the hole and let babies wear it to chew on while teething. This person is usually reliable.
Another friend who has relatives in England says English gardeners love to have mulleins in their cottage gardens, so she always leaves a few in hers.
Anyhow, they are lovely plants, but around here are generally considered a weed. On the other hand, keeping a few around can be quite pleasant.

On Jul 29, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

Self sows, but not prolifically so. I only find a few each year, letting me choose three for my flower bed well away from the house. Goldfinches love the seeds.

On Nov 20, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Common roadside plant that has a stalk of yellow flowers that blooms mid summer. Heap Big Medicine..(or so says the Indians)

It's a naturalized European plant that has been used for many purposes throughout the centuries. Roman soldiers dipped the stalks in grease and used them as torches. the leaves are still sometimes used as wicks. Native Americans lined their moccicans with the leaves to keep out the cold, and taught the colonists to do the same.

Also big medicine in the Indian's community. tea made from the leaves was drunk to help with earache, stomache ache, and croup.
The leaves were used to soothe sunburn and rashes.

On Jun 9, 2005, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I've seen this plant growing in the "wild" in my area for a very long time. But it was only when I saw it used in a fashionable garden magazine as an enhancement for vertical appeal in garden borders that I first took serious notice of it.

In my area (zone 4b) the plant grows in about every lighting and soil condition imaginable. but what I like best is its tolerance to dought (and neglect!)

I've transplanted *many* first year seedlings into my borders and beds without losing a single plant.

Recently I had a visitor to my garden that spotted my largest (non-flowering) speciman. She immediately *gasped* at the fact that I had a *weed* growing in my bed! LOL I told her it was only a 'weed' if a person considered it as such. and that I . read more had purposely placed it there. Then I told her why I'd done such an outrageous thing. :-D

I'm looking forward to watching my Mulleins grow and flower. and very interested to see people's reaction when they see how beautiful a 'weed' can actually be.

On Jul 4, 2004, scooterbug from Tellico Plains, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

A wild bi-ennial showing the beautiful silver/blue velvet leaved rosette the first year , then the second year it sends up the flower spike from the rosette.
I have not seen it colonize to more than 4 or 5 plants. I allow Mullein and wild milkweed to grow in a special part of my property designated "The Wildlife Refuge " a native habitat which is only mowed high to control noxious weeds when needed.

On Jun 15, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Yes, this plant has medicinal uses, but if you try it please DO SO WITH CAUTION. I've tried it and belive me, it WORKS! I coughed my head off! Felt great once I was done, but I'd hate to think of how bad it would have been had I taken more than a small dose.

As an ornamental, it's awesome! One of the top ten plants that get remarks from guests to my garden. Well worth the space! I want to try all the different cultivars

as soon as I get more flowerbeds built, I plant to.

On Jan 2, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
While researching this plant, I discovered that it has many uses especially if one is into herbal medicines. Although the flowers are fragrant and taste sweet, the leaves taste slightly bitter and have no fragrance. The fresh or dried leaves have been used to make a soothing tea. This tea provides choline, hesperidin, magnesium, vitamins B2, B5, B12, and D, para amino benzoic acid, and sulfur. However, mullein tea is primarily valued as an effective treatment for coughs and lung disorders. It is expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and astringent. The American Indian dried the leaves and smoked them. Sometimes they were blended with other herbs such as jimsonweed and/or coltsfoot to treat asthma, bronchitis or other lung problems. Also, the tea is somewhat of . read more a sedative. The flowers, besides being used as a local antibiotic and bactericide, are used in the treatment of migraines.

The tiny mullein seeds contain rotenone and coumarin which are toxic to fish (but supposedly, not to mammals) and have been used as a narcotic to stun fish.

Mullein acquired the name 'Quaker rouge' because the leaves which are rubefacient, meaning that the skin becomes red and somewhat irritated when rubbed against, was used as a natural sort of makeup.

Mullein is called "torch plant" because when dried flower heads are soaked in tallow and lit, they make a good torch. It is called "candlewick plant" beause the dried and rolled leaves have been used as lamp wicks. It has been proven useful as tinder for starting campfires and as a quick burning fuel.

The flowers make a bright yellow dye and when sulfuric acid is added, they make a color-fast green dye. Then if alkali is added to raise the Ph level, the dye transforms into brown.

A wide variety of pollinators are drawn to the plant's blooms including bees and butterflies. I found much more information on this "weed" which has been proven to be a very useful plant besides providing its unique beauty.

On Dec 30, 2003, MaryE from Baker City, OR (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant grows wild here so nobody cultivates it. I think it has a taproot since it doesn't seem to need much water. My area gets less than 10 inches a year. Horses eat the dry seed stalks. Over the years I have cut down hundreds of these plants. One person's weed is another one's treasure!

On Sep 2, 2003, ravenrising from Boulder Creek, CA wrote:

This spring we noticed this plant growing in an area with compacted soil and poor drainage. The area was the former location of a barn, which was demolished a year ago. We live in the Santa Cruz mountains (Boulder Creek) in the San Francisco Bay Area. At first, we thought the plant was a lambs ear, but it kept growing.

We never saw a plant like this, so we let it grow. Our "alien plant" is now about 9 1/2 feet tall, and has a 1 foot tall spike of yellow flowers. We love it, and it has attracted a lot of attention from neighbors. We get about 70 inches of rain per year, so I look forward to seeing how many more of these grow next year.

On Jul 24, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I first encountered this plant growing in a rocky slope that bordered an artificial "creek," part of a "detention pond" system the developer had installed in my back yard before the house was built near Atlanta Georgia, zone 7a. My son first found it while he was working in the yard, and he let it grow all summer, just to see how high it would get, and we estimated it was at least 10 feet tall by the end of summer. It had it's head in the sun and it's feet close to water, and seemed to like growing in the rock.

The plant began to grow and grow and grow - and we were amazed because we had not planted it! It is now over 9 feet tall and has lots of visitors to the garden pondering on what it is. It's taken me some time to find out what it is called!

The bottom leaves are now beginning to rot and turn silvery. The top has one massive spike, with several others growing out around it.

I have taken several photographs and was hoping to be named in the Guinness Book of Records. Alas, your site tells me that they grow to 12 feet tall. Ah well, there's always next year!

On Jun 20, 2003, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

I 'let' this plant grow in my flower garden because the large velvet leaves are so attractive.
Bees and butterflies enjoy it and it needs no special attention. It seems to prefer dry conditions and makes a taller stalk in dry weather. Just remove the seeds before they mature to keep it from becoming invasive.

Reporting from Cottonwood, AZ

Our Mellein was a gift from a passing bird (we guess), who delicately deposited a seed in our raised flower bed.

This is the second year for our gift, which has developed a stalk about 6 feet tall and a second stalk (both with flowers) that is about two feet tall

Since this part of the country is facing a water shortage this is definitely a plant for our area.

On Apr 25, 2003, auntgracie from Danielson, CT wrote:

It seems funny to see what I've always considered a weed, albeit an attractive one, pictured as a garden flower. We have one that grows wild on a gravel bank behind my trailer. It hasn't spread anywhere else that I know of. The soil it grows in is awful, full of rocks and roots, but every year it springs into bloom from mid-to late-June into July. I've never deadheaded it-it was never necessary. The thing grows taller than I am.

On Apr 24, 2003, ArbaStar from Snow Hill, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

In New Bern, NC, at Tryon Palace, they grow it in their cutting garden. It really looks great in cut arrangements.

The guide informed us during the tour of the gardens, that during the 1700's the leaves were used to wrap fruits and vegetables to prevent bruising.

The tall, yellow flowered spikes are great. They certainly add height in the garden.

On May 22, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Pioneer plant, often appears in recently disturbed areas. Difficult to transplant. When grown in good garden soil, plant can grow to 12' with multiple stalks/flower heads.

More a curiosity than a beauty, it is used as a medicinal herb. Leaves are made into a tea which is drunk to help relieve chest congestion (pretty foul taste). Cattle that eat leaves get intoxicated.

First-year plants look just like Thumbelina could be hiding in center of plant, very appealing to small children for a "fairy tale garden" along with rapunzel, etc.

New leaves are velvety-soft (like lamb's ear), become coarse and prickly as they age.

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