Verbascum is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants, mostly perennials, in the family Scrophulariaceae, native to Europe and Asia. Verbascum is a tall and handsome plant with a spear of rich, saucer-shaped flowers that are usually yellow in color. The leaves are silvery, large and hairy. These sun-loving plants thrive on dry, stony hillsides and open woodlands, standing proud and upright.
The genus name is derived from the Latin word "barbascum", meaning "bearded plant", in a reference to the hairy surfaces of the leaves, stems and bracts.
Verbascum is a symbol of courage, protection and health.
Interesting facts about Verbascum:
This plant has a long history of use as a herbal medicine, especially in treating respiratory problems. It was used for the treatment of a wide range of a medical complaints, including female menstrual cycles, veins, toothaches, earaches, kidney dysfunction, gout, tuberculosis and hemorrhoids. It was considered one of the most important healing herbs in medieval medical practice.
Modern herbalists continue to use this plant to treat a long list of conditions. Today, Verbascum is considered a major anti-inflammatory herb to treat coughs, colds, sore throat, bronchitis, headache and diarrhoea. According to herbalists, verbascum tea helps with digestive problems.