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Help ID this mystery plant . . . ? (velvetleaf)

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:48 am
by Bruce 01
Two of these popped up in my small raised bed veg. garden this year.

Possible sources: I throw all my peelings and veg scrap in the garden year 'round. But these don't look like anything I've ever seen.

And: I replaced all the dirt in the garden this spring, it was hauled in, source unknown.

At first I thought it could be okra, but the pods are different.

The red arrow shows the small yellow flower, and the yellow arrow points to these curious little pods.

Hmm, upon previewing, I see the forum has shrunk the picture down quite a bit. Dunno if anyone can see it well enough now, maybe that big leaf will help?

[img]https://i48.tinypic.com/9s4949.jpg[/img]

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:43 am
by applestar
Velvetleaf.

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:57 pm
by Bruce 01
applestar wrote:Velvetleaf.
I've never heard of it so I Wiki'd it. Thanks!

I'm betting the seeds came in with that load of topsoil that I bought this spring.

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:05 pm
by rainbowgardener
Yes, I have velvetleaf in my garden. I believe it originally came from a packet of mixed wildflower seeds. Everything else died out, but the velvet leaf spread. It is a great trap crop for leafminers. They love those soft leaves and choose it over everything else in the garden. When the leaf miner tunnels show up in the velvetleaf leaves, just pull them and dispose of (not in the garden). I never have trouble with leaf miner in anything else!

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:06 am
by Bruce 01
Thanks for the help, Apple and Rainbow. :D

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:26 pm
by DoubleDogFarm
rainbowgardener wrote:Yes, I have velvetleaf in my garden. I believe it originally came from a packet of mixed wildflower seeds. Everything else died out, but the velvet leaf spread. It is a great trap crop for leafminers. They love those soft leaves and choose it over everything else in the garden. When the leaf miner tunnels show up in the velvetleaf leaves, just pull them and dispose of (not in the garden). I never have trouble with leaf miner in anything else!
Interesting. I'll have to try this.

I wonder if the ducks will eat the velvetleaf. They eat comfrey.

Eric

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:41 am
by dtlove129
Interesting. I had several of those come up this year in my winter squash/pumpkin area. I planted Nasturiums out there this year, and at first thought these velvet leaves were them until they grew up to like 7 feet tall and had a "trunk" on them that was hard as a rock. I'm not sure where they came from because I don't remember having them out there last year.