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It has soft, fuzzy leaves.


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BeunaBest Answer (author)2010-05-28

aeray is correct - Mullein. 
It grows well in much of the Western U.S. but is not native here.  Used medicinally to help the lungs.  The dried flower stalk has been used as a torch after dipping in oil.
Seeds can be purchased but I usually find some around.
Mullein flowers the second year of life and then dies. 

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aeray (author)2010-05-24

Definitely common mullein, Verbascum thapsus, useful medicinally and as emergency T.P. (but a bit itchy, sometimes, after the fact). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbascum_thapsus

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Re-design (author)2010-05-24

Last time I tried this I was WAY off, so.

What climate?
What part of the country?
What time of the year?
What kind of soil?
Wild or maybe planted last year?
How long to get this high?

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master key (author)Re-design2010-05-25
1.North Carolina has a humid, subtropical climate. Winters are short and mild, while summers are usually very sultry; spring and fall are distinct and refreshing periods of transition. In most of North Carolina, temperatures rarely go above 100°F (38°C) or fall below 10°F (–12°C), but differences in altitude and proximity to the ocean create significant local variations. Average January temperatures range from 36°F (21°C) to 48°F (9°C), with an average daily maximum January temperature of 51°F (11°C) and minimum of 29°F (–2°C). Average July temperatures range from 68°F (20°C) to 80°F (27°C), with an average daily high of 87°F (31°C) and a low of 66°F (19°C). The coldest temperature ever recorded in North Carolina was –34°F (–37°C), registered on 21 January 1985 on Mt. Mitchell; the hottest, 110°F (43°C), occurred on 21 August 1983 at Fayetteville.

2.The piedmont.

3.All I know is during summer months.
4.I have no clue.

5.I believe someone planted it and the seeds went all over the nehorhood.

6.I don't know.

The climate came from This web site.

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Re-design (author)master key2010-05-25

I'd go with aeray's answer.

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AngryRedhead (author)2010-05-24
I have no idea, but I have a feeling you may not get an answer to this question.  You can contact your local horticultural extension office, and they should be able to identify this plant.  Here's a list of offices in North Carolina.  Click on your county and look to the left column for street address and phone number.  You might have to email a picture or tell them a link to this question so they can see the picture.  There's also Mr. Smarty Plants.

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jimc4567 (author)2010-05-24

Take a leaf and the pictures to your local nursery. Home Depot or Lowes may be able to help too.

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