Plant ID forum: Why do I own this and what is it?

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California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Seller of Garden Stuff
Sep 16, 2012 9:11 PM CST
What IS this (besides chlorotic?) I must have acquired it on purpose, since it's in a good pot in the sheltered fern garden, but it looks like some kind of annual, and I don't have room for them. Did someone sneak a sunflower into my shade garden?

Thin leaves, couldn't survive in full sun here in hot, dry 9b. I must have it for some reason.

I did feed it after taking this picture (really!) before someone turned me in to Plant Protective Services.

What am I growing? Thumb of 2012-09-17/seedforbrains/f6a873
Thumb of 2012-09-17/seedforbrains/b4fe12
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Sep 16, 2012 9:28 PM CST


Might be an Paulownia tomentosa, variously known by the common name of Empress Tree, Princess Tree, Royal Paulowinia among others.
California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Seller of Garden Stuff
Sep 17, 2012 12:05 AM CST
You're exactly right! My assistant dug up a seedling and potted it up here. It's hers!

Thanks so much.

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