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What is this plant? It suddenly sprouted up in our backyard by the pool. My kids were eating sunflower seeds out by the pool a while ago, could it be a sunflower seed plant? Thanks!
Hardiness Zone: 11
Debbie from Phoenix, AZ
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Don't let it go to seed! The common name among farmers is velvetleaf, and it is a WEED. You don't want it spreading itself around your yard.
ShiShi has it right. Based on the pictures I saw on the link she posted, this is definitely a Velvet Leaf. So glad I asked because I wouldn't want it propagating all over my backyard even though it's kind of a pretty weed.
Thanks again to all for your feedback. Much appreciated!
I had to find out recently because I had one growing in my yard too!
common names are
velvetleaf, butterprint, buttonweed, Indian mallow, velvetleaf (or butterprint), velvetleaf Indian mallow, velvetleaf
This plant reseeds itself every year. It smells great. I think it is a type of herb. It's doing exceptionally well this year with all the rain we've had, and has gotten up to 3 to 4 feet tall. It has one flower (I believe?) on top that I think maybe a composite. I do not know the color of the flower. During normal years, they have not been this big.
Thanks for your response. I found out that this plant is Velvet Leaf. It is an invasive species that can form monocultures if left to it's own devices.