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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Verbascum virgatum - Twiggy Mullein

Range & Status

Neophyte. Suboceanic Southern-temperate species. Widespread in much of Britain, but very rare in Ireland.

Regional Distribution

Most frequent in south-east Cornwall, around Wadebridge (SW97) and the Hayle Towans (SW53). Older records were scattered throughout southern Cornwall.

Habitat & Ecology

A plant of waste-ground, beside coastal footpaths, set-aside arable fields, and disturbed areas of sand-dune.




Most sites are not protected.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.