Mullein Foxglove

by Carl Strang

A new addition to my Mayslake Forest Preserve forbs list this year is the mullein foxglove, Seymeria macrophylla, a member of the figwort family Scrophulariaceae. A large patch of it was blooming beside the cluster of pale Indian plantain along the mansion driveway in late July. I did not see it there last year.

This is an uncommon plant. I have been told that at one time it occurred in only one DuPage County location, the Poverty Savanna at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. Over the years, thanks to painstaking seed collection and planting, it now occurs in restored savannas scattered around the county, including Mayslake. Here is a clear example of deliberate restoration effort resulting in an increase in precious biodiversity.

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1 Comment

  1. August 11, 2010 at 5:57 am

    […] others were mullein foxglove, featured earlier, and lead plant. Like mullein foxglove, lead plant’s presence is attributable to the restoration […]


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