a weedy, European mullein, Verbascum blattaria, of the figwort family, having lance-shaped leaves and loose spikes of white or yellow flowers.
They Call It Puppy Love And Other Animal-inspired PhrasesWe often attribute emotions and other human characteristics to animals. This is called anthropomorphism. Similarly, we also describe people using animal characteristics. You might, for example, say my teenage son “eats like a horse,” meaning he’s a growing boy and consumes a lot of food. This is called zoomorphism. Zoomorphism also includes assigning animal-like qualities to gods and inanimate objects. The term comes from the Greek …
Origin of moth mullein
First recorded in 1570–80; from its mothlike appearance
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The moth-mullein is so called because its blossoms have the appearance of a number of delicate moths resting upon the stem.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits|Mary Elizabeth Parsons