This Mullein Candlestick Arrangement is patterned after classic Colonial Williamsburg florals. It makes a bold statement in any well-dressed Early American home, whether it's placed atop a mantel or fireside table. The spikes of the mullein plant form a striking triangle of candle sticks surrounded by preserved leaves, ferns, milkweed pods, and yarrow flowers. As an ode to 18th century design principles, this piece represents American history and demonstrates the use of common plants as stately forms of elegance.
The folklore and legends of the humble mullein plant is what inspired me to create this arrangement. Mullein is typically found growing in wayside places across North America. When stripped of its leaves and dipped in wax or suet, the tall spikes can serve as a reliable torch. So much so, that in Ancient Rome, these spikes were lit as ceremonial torches. During the California gold rush, prospectors carried mullein torches into mine shafts for lighting, while Native Americans used mullein to smudge over hot embers and start tinder fires. Other common names for the mullein include Aaron's rod, Roman torches, witch's candle, or candlewick plant. I do not recommend lighting this arrangement on fire; however, the look and feel of this arrangement is similar to a candelabra or crackling fire. So let it's warmth inspire you to look at the common weeds in your area with new appreciation.
Flowers make us happy and provide sunshine for the soul.