Plant ID forum: Please help me identify this weed

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Austin, TX
drew025488
May 4, 2018 12:06 PM CST
Just moved to a new place, and these weeds started growing all over. I'm wanting to identify it so I can figure out the best way to get rid of it. They seem to grow only on dry rocky ground, so maybe I just need to patch up the yard with sod? They grow really tall, I've seen one grow 4ft tall in a couple weeks. The stem can get to about half an inch in diameter, and it has a fuzzy texture. The leaves are teardrop-shaped. Here's a photo after I pulled it out (i'm holding it upside-down):

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Thanks!
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krobra
May 4, 2018 12:19 PM CST
looks and sounds like a sunflower to me
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Austin, TX
drew025488
May 4, 2018 1:17 PM CST
ohh, I didn't know what the stem of a sunflower looked like, thanks!
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plantladylin
May 4, 2018 1:36 PM CST
Can you upload photos showing the top side of the leaves? It does resemble Sunflower (Helianthus)

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Gabbielemon
May 4, 2018 3:03 PM CST
My first thought was sunflower

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