Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) in the Abutilons Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 1 - 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: velvety texture
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: prolific self seeder; seed may be viable in soil for 20 years
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jul 29, 2012 12:08 AM

Plant has ability to attain very large proportions. Size is related to amount of nitrogen in the soil. Self seeds prolifically.. Considered a troublesome weed by farmers in the Midwest. Often found growing in and along soybean and corn fields. Texture of leaf is basis for common name; Velvet leaf; they definitely feel soft and velvet. Seed capsule shape forms basis for some other common names.
Seed can remain viable in the soil for 20 years plus; seeds are reportedly edible.
Other habitats include abandoned fields, construction sites, waste areas, and where the soil has recently been disturbed.
Originally introduced from India as a possible source of bast.
In an outdoor emergency, the soft leaves can be used as a substitute for toilet paper.

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