Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Can you identify this?

I think this might be some kind plant grown for birdseed, but the way I have started seeing it around the edge of fields I am not so sure now. It has had several of those little yellow flowers...the plant is about 5 ft. tall. Those little green pods turn the brownish-black color and are just packed full of little black seeds.
The plants have fuzzy, heart shaped leaves..
oh, and here is the seed pot....I keep wondering if I should make an effort to cut off the seed pods and catch all the seed and burn them or something. I can just imagine getting something started that I might regret.
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The toot and her mom are supposed to come tomorrow evening and may stay two nights. That is the last I heard. We are anxious to see her...I miss them living close by but am so thankful that they do live within day trip range.

14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

no idea on the plant. thought it might be a type of Jerusalem Artichoke Sunflower but haven't seen one with those kinds of seed pods.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I have no idea what that plant is --but it is pretty...

Glad your daughter and granddaughter are coming to visit. I know you are excited about that.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I wish I could help you with the plant identification but I can't. Your pictures of it are certainly very good.
Have fun with Lorelei.

Ginny said...

I have never seen anything like this in my life. That black pod, wow!! Please let us know if you find out, I am very curious now!!!

Lois Evensen said...

Could it be something related to a pumpkin plant?

Gill - That British Woman said...

no idea what it is, thought about the pumpkin plant famly as well,

Gill in Canada

Debbie said...

sorry, clueless here also. it sure is interesting!!!

don said...

A very interesting seed pod and plant. I have no idea what this may be. I, like you, would worry and wonder if I'm starting an obnoxious weed I would regret and then find nearly impossible to get rid of it.
Have fun with Lorelei and her mom.

Montanagirl said...

I too, am clueless. Very interesting looking though!

EG Wow said...

Hi Rose,

ˆlooked the plaant up in a wildflower guide and it looks like it's Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) and NOT a good plant.

Here's a link for you to check out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abutilon_theophrasti

EG Wow said...

Oh, I forgot to say I'm very happy for you that Lorelei and her mom are coming to visit!

Saun said...

Looked at EG's link and some images of it. That is definitely what it is dig it up and burn it like you said. It is pretty :)

Ms. Becky said...

Hi Rose, EG is correct, it's velvet leaf, and a common plant growing wild in fields along fence rows. the seed pods get caught on pant legs and socks or the fur of animals and then it spread that way. it isn't as offensive as burdock by any means, but can be invasive. usually causes no harm though. happy Friday to you!

Clara....in TN said...

Rose, I had one of those come up in a flower bed. I thought it was a sunflower and I even watered it a couple of times. After I realized it wasn't a sun flower, I cut it down and decided it was just something wild that the birds had drug in.

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