Sometimes things pop up in your yard you've never seen before.

Don't get me wrong, I seriously doubt any undiscovered plants are going to show up in my yard. But every now and then, something pops up that is completely new to me. This year, my wife and I discovered some kind of Japanese Maple growing in our yard. It had super cool leaves, so we decided to try and encourage it a bit. We hope it'll turn into a nice addition to our yard.

But on the other hand, at my camp in Eddington, I spied this bizarre creature of a plant that seemingly just appeared out of nowhere. Granted, I'm not always the most observant person, but you'd think I'd have noticed a 6ft tall stick plant in my yard. It's exactly inconspicuous. Check it out...

Photo JStew
Photo JStew

This is no tiny weed growing up hidden by everything else.

Like I said, this thing is easily 6ft tall. It's called Great Mullein, also called Aaron's Rod, and it's actually kind of a superstar plant, medicinally speaking. In the distant past it was used to treat a variety of ailments. Anything from rashes to open sores to foot fungus. In later years, it was thought to be an expectorant, meaning it could help make a cough more productive.To this day though, no medicines have actually ever been made from Great Mullein. Most remedies would be considered folks remedies.


These days, it's almost kind of surprising to see it, not to say that it's rare. It's just easily pushed out by other plants around it. Apparently height doesn't matter to other plants in the world of floral domination. So you may see one in your yard this year, but maybe not next year.

All I care about is that it was surprisingly easy to find info about. And I definitely had no idea of it's former uses in the olden days. I was afraid it was just another thing in my yard that would make me itchy and miserable. But hey... We all learned something today, right?

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