What is This Plant? Velvetleaf

Velvetleaf Weeds in an Iowa Cornfield.
The velvetleaf plant, a native of Eastern Europe, Asia, and north Africa, is a noxious annual that reproduces from seed. The plant can reach 3 - 8 feet and produces one yellow to yellow orange flower per solitary stalk. It outcompetes for resources with surrounding plants. This is a page about, "What is this plant?" Velvetleaf.

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August 6, 2008

Large leaves with small yellow flowers.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


August 8, 20080 found this helpful
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Click on the above link in your browser to see photos and info about this weed.
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.

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August 9, 20080 found this helpful
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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!

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August 8, 20170 found this helpful
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I had to find out recently because I had one growing in my yard too!

Family: Malvaceae
common names are
velvetleaf, butterprint, buttonweed, Indian mallow, velvetleaf (or butterprint), velvetleaf Indian mallow, velvetleaf

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July 10, 2015

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.

What Is This Great Smelling Plant?
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July 24, 20150 found this helpful
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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. It also sucks up water and nutrients from the soil big time.


It smelled so good, I had thought it would have some redeeming qualities. I have plucked most from my garden now.

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