Thursday, August 4, 2011

I Didn't Plant This

In the wild area of the garden, it's hard to say what will grow.  Near the base of one of the teepee trellises, a new plant has emerged.  It is very upright, not vining.

It has beautiful heart shaped leaves.

The flowers are yellow and short lived.  In fact, I couldn't even photograph one as they were all gone by the afternoon.  These interesting seed pods are forming.

Should I get this plant out before these pods make millions of seeds that overtake the garden: or should I be doing the happy dance that this plant has found its way to the garden?

Are you familiar with this plant?


  1. I'm not familiar with it, but I am personally of the rule, if I don't know what it is, I pull it out. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Haven't a clue..sometimes surprises in the garden make me nervous..

  3. I don't know what it is either -- but obviously, it's a bird gift!

  4. I don't remember what it is, but I just saw it on someone's blog last week. It's a weed, I remember that much. I was relieved I hadn't yet seen it in my own yard.

  5. Aha! Abutilon theophrasti (velvetleaf). Is that it?

  6. I have one in my front bed just like that one. I didn't pull it because I kind of like it, whatever it is.

  7. ~Cherry Lane
    You got it! It is velvetleaf. I found a lot of info here:
    I like it as a single plant but do not need it taking over so it will be pulled!
    Thank you!

  8. I have had more pop-up plants in the garden this year. I dont pull them right off as I want to see what they become. Most of them get pulled in time but some have turned out to be beautiful keepers.

    Blogging is grand for such info...

  9. I like velvetleaf. It's well-named - the texture of the leaves is wonderful - and I've heard it was used as toilet paper by the pioneers. (No, I have no source for that!) The pods are great for dried flower arrangements in the winter. Probably not a good garden plant, but interesting anyway.

  10. ~Gaia Gardener
    It is a pretty plant. Hmmm. It's an annual so I could wait and see how crazy it tries to spread. It can't be worse than all the self seeding morning glories and sunflowers. Right?

    The plant may stay.

  11. I'm not familiar with it but it is interesting. I tend to wait before pulling sometime. Hope you're doing well.

  12. I'm not familiar with this plant, but I'm usually very suspicious of surprise plants in our garden.

  13. Definitely pull it out! Velvetweed is also known by its common name, buttonweed. I grew up on a farm and when I was a girl, we'd help my dad every summer "walk beans," i.e., pull out all the weeds in the soybean fields. Trust me, one buttonweed can turn into a mass of millions:)

  14. Aaaaaw... I finally find out what my mystery plant is, and it turns out it isn't a nifty veggie! I found mine growing right near Dad's zukes, and the leaves looked like something food-ish, so I put it in a pot to let it grow. After searching online for a half hour today, I find this post, and now I have to make sure I throw it away before it goes to seed!


    1. Glad to help. I find a few more now and then. They all come out!


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