12 Best Mullein Look Alikes

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Here are the best Mullein Look Alikes that look strikingly similar to the plant in question or even better that that!

Mullein Look Alikes

Mullein, with its towering yellow flowers and soft, velvety leaves, has a unique appearance often leads to confusion with similar-looking plants. Well, don’t worry! We are here to end all that!

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Best Mullein Look Alikes

1. African Lettuce

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Botanical Name: Lactuca taraxacifolia

African Lettuce is small with green leaves, just like Mullein, but tinier. It’s a little Mullein for gardens that you can eat.

2. African Violet

Botanical Name: Saintpaulia

Not exactly a mullein look alike, but it is often confused before it flowers. Why? Because it has similar, thick, velvety leaves and purple flowers.

3. Common Comfrey

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Botanical Name: Symphytum Officinale

You might confuse a young Comfrey plant for Mullein as the two look alike. A new Comfrey plant has a similar rosette of leaves.

Note: You should grow it carefully as it is highly toxic. It is often found near riverbanks. 

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4. Evening Primrose

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Botanical Name: Oenothera biennis

The Common Mullein and the Evening Primrose can be confused as the flowers of the two plants are almost the same. Both have beautiful, yellow, fuzzy blooms.

5. Foxglove

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Botanical Name: Digitalis Purpurea

In the first year, Foxglove plants grow a rosette of leaves close to the ground, which are very similar to the leaves of Mullein.

6. Hoary Vervain

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Botanical Name: Verbena stricta

These mullein look alikes have similar leaves to the plant in question, albeit, close together. The only thing that sets it apart are its purple flowers and slightly thinner stems.

7. Lamb’s Ear

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Botanical Name: Stachys byzantine

Lamb’s Ears have soft, silver leaves and are Common Mullein look alikes. They grow in a rosette-like fashion, too. But their lavender flowers set them apart.

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8. Water Lettuce

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Botanical Name: Pistia stratiotes

The fizzy texture of Mullein leaves is also found in the leaves of the Water Lettuce. The difference? Well, it is an aquatic plant and only grows in water.

9. Corn Lily

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Botanical Name: Veratrum californicum

Corn Lily is an attractive plant found in open meadows. You might confuse the two as it has big leaves that grow in clusters near wetlands, similar to Mullein.

10. Burdock

Botanical Name: Arctium minus

Burdock look mullein look alikes as both plants form basal rosettes of leaves close to the ground in their first growth year.

11. Wavy Leaved Mullein

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Botanical Name: Verbascum sinuatum

Wavy-leaved Mullein has leaves like Mullein but with wavy edges, giving this Mullein look alike its name.

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12. White Mullein

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Botanical Name: Verbascum lychnitis

White Mullein has white flowers, a bit different from Mullein’s yellow ones. Other than that, the plants look exactly the same.

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