Mullein leaves are light green and very fuzzy. The first year their leaves grow in a rosette pattern close to the ground, and the second year they send up tall yellow flower spikes in the summer and fall. Both the leaves and flowers are used for medicinal purposes. It's easy to dry the leaves and use them in tea. The flowers can also be dried. Sometimes the flowers are infused in a oil and used for earaches.
If you're looking for this velvety gem, start beside the road in ditches or near fields. It likes to grow in dry, sunny spots.
According to The Herbal Drugstore, mullein can be used for treating asthma, bronchitis, colds & flu, cold sores, pinkeye & sties, pneumonia, shingles, smoking addiction, and sore throat. A great herb to add to your medicine cabinet!