Abutilon theophrasti

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

This plant is introduced and is not native to the US.
    Common Names: Velvetleaf, Indian Mallow, Velvet Plant, Velvetweed, Chinese Jute, China Jute, Crown Weed, Buttonweed, Lantern Mallow, Butterprint, Pie-Marker
    Synonyms: Abutilon abutilon, Abutilon avicennae
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: n/a
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Non-Native

Abutilon theophrasti, or Velvetleaf, is NOT NATIVE to the United States. It is now introduced to the entire continental US, where it grows very often on the edges of fields, but also in yards and disturbed areas. It blooms in mid summer, with beautiful orange-yellow flowers. The plant originates from Asia (China specifically) and produces many seeds, making it very likely to come back if it sets seed.

This plant is a particular problem in fields as the plants cna grow in fields and grow faster than the crops and take their water from them. It is very easy to identify by its large leaves and the velvet that can be found all over the whole plant.

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