Micheál Glennon wrote:
>> There's this weird six foot plant that has grown out of nowhere just
> outside my Uncle's house in the west of Ireland. I was wondering if anyone
> here could identify it. I have put pictures up at
>http://indigo.ie/~dglennon/thing.html> If you have any ideas what it might be, let me know.
Can't be too definite, but it looks like a Mullein (Verbascum spp.,
possibly Verbascum thapsus). I take it this was flowering last summer?
Common names for V. thapsus include Aaron's rod, common mullein,
flannel-plant, hag-taper. It's a biennial, producing its flower spike in
the second year. Tends to like dry spaces with good drainage. That's if
I'm right about the ident.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
(c.will at rbge.org.uk)