Mullein takes one for the team. What we mean is, it grows in disturbed soil, seemingly bereft of nutrients. It asks very little, and gives so much. A tea made from an infusion of Mullein's leaves is a very effective respiratory expectorant, helping one to kick that pesky cough that just won't go away. The flowers are combined with garlic and infused in oil to treat ear infection. The dried leaf is an excellent smoke, blending well with other dried herbs such as lavender flowers, tobacco & chamomile. The second-year flowering stalks make great torches, and the leaves are the best 'natural' toilet paper known. Although not demanding of great care, given fertile soil, some water, and a little space Mullein will grow into a huge plant! An all time favorite herb in these parts.