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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?

15 comments:

  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

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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.

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  7. ~Cherry Lane
    You got it! It is velvetleaf. I found a lot of info here:
    http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/weed_info/Written_findings/Abutilon_theophrasti.html
    I like it as a single plant but do not need it taking over so it will be pulled!
    Thank you!

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  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...

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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  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:)

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  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!

    :-0

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

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