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The Mullein: Plant Piscicide of the Mountain Folk Culture
Gene Wilhelm, Jr.
Vol. 64, No. 2 (Apr., 1974), pp. 235-252
Published by: American Geographical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/213812
Page Count: 18
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The wide range of the common mullein (Verbascum thapsus), its weedlike qualities, its occurrence as an incipient plant domesticate, and its wide use in fish poisoning make it an important plant in the study of European peoples of the past and of cultural diffusion. The assertion is made here that poisoning of fish was introduced by Europeans of English, Scotch-Irish, and German background into the southeastern United States by the middle of the seventeenth century at the latest. Evidence is strong that such fishing techniques were centered in the two cultural hearths which contributed to the hybrid culture of the Upland South: southeastern Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay area. This culture trait should be added to the growing list of attributes that identify the Upland South culture.
Geographical Review © 1974 American Geographical Society