Location: West Campus, near Bridwell Botany Research Lab
Approximate blooming period: June - October
Common velvetleaf, Abutilon theophrasti
Origin: Southern China
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 4
Height and Form: herbaceous annual plant that can grow up to six feet high
Foliage and Bark: Erect, velvety, stout branches with leaves covered with velvety, star-shaped hairs; bases heart-shaped
Flowers, Fruit, and Seeds: about one inch wide single, yellow flowers with five petals, produces seeds in pods, both of which are edible
Names: Indian Mallow, China Jute
Cultivars/Varieties: common weed that stays around, usually grows in cornfields where it will hurt young corn if not watched.
"In China, fiber from this plant was used to make cords, thread, and nets."