Plant ID forum: Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jul 24, 2015 9:11 AM CST
This little plant has been growing in the garden for awhile, near the okra. I didn't think much of it (maybe a stunted okra plant) until the other day it grew these pods.

When I noticed the pods, they were green but the following day when I went to take these pictures, one has turned a dark purple. The plant is small with just a few leaves that are soft/velvety.

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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Jul 24, 2015 9:43 AM CST
The seeds and leaves look like a Velvet-leaf Mallow
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRvkLWl...

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jul 24, 2015 9:50 AM CST
Thank you Jolana.

I never did see flowers, but maybe I missed them. It sure does look the same. Thumbs up

AND it looks like we found another edible. http://www.eattheweeds.com/velvet-leaf-fiber-and-food/

Edit to say - although edible, it looks like I better get them up before the seeds fall into my garden and reproduce.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jul 24, 2015 10:02 AM CST
I was reading here that the seeds can remain viable in the ground for some 20 years or more. Blinking

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/velvetleaf....
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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Jul 24, 2015 11:04 AM CST
Wow, 20 years
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Jul 24, 2015 6:56 PM CST
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