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This plant has started to grow in my garden (in Northern France) last fall. I decided to let it live its life, and although I have neither protected nor watered nor taken care of it in any way, it has passed the winter and thrived.

Right now it is about one meter high.

More photos : photo2;photo1;photo3;photo4

What species is it?

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Looks like mullien - Verbascum thapas - found in the US.

  • Do NOT let it go to seed, unless you want hundreds more just like it. – Jurp Jun 8 at 23:09
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    ... or another Verbascum. The asker is in Europe, where V tapiscum is a neophyte. We may have to wait until the plant flowers. – Stephie Jun 9 at 5:33
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    Yeah. There are many wild Verbascum in Europe. Verbascum thapsus is a good guess (note: real name is thapsus, always latin-like suffixes) – Giacomo Catenazzi Jun 11 at 8:27

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