Towering herb features square stalksPublished 9:01pm Wednesday, June 16, 2010
By JOHN EBY
Dowagiac Daily News
People ask John Cureton about the odd-looking plant by his front porch on Jones Street.
Especially now that the giant mullein plant’s square stalks tower over him.
“I don’t know where it came from,” Cureton said Wednesday afternoon, “but it came last year. Now, for the first time, it’s put out (yellow) blossoms up there. I suspect that’s as high as it’s going to get, but it grew so fast you could almost see the difference every day. I don’t know where it gets all its nourishment. I haven’t done anything to the soil. I suppose it has an enormous root. My impression is that it’s a cross between a weed and a wildflower. The dictionary describes it as an herb, which only means it doesn’t have woody tissue in it.”