Asked on Jul 08, 2014

Can you identify this plant?

Cheryl Fontaine
by Cheryl Fontaine
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This plant is a volunteer - I don't think it is a weed. So far it is about four feet tall, very slender with large, round leaves. The leaves are as soft as butter.
can you identify this plant, gardening, There seems to be some kind of fruit growing immediately after flower It is in the middle of the picture towards the left and looks like nothing I ve ever seen before
There seems to be some kind of fruit growing immediately after flower. It is in the middle of the picture towards the left. and looks like nothing I've ever seen before.
can you identify this plant, gardening, This is a picture of the flower buds just before opening
This is a picture of the flower buds just before opening.
can you identify this plant, gardening, This is a bud opening The flowers are very small and yellow and only last about a day before they turn into something else
This is a bud opening. The flowers are very small and yellow and only last about a day before they turn into something else.
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  • Amy Amy on Jul 09, 2014
    its a sunflower, and it will spread!

    • Cheryl Fontaine Cheryl Fontaine on Jul 09, 2014
      @Amy Sounds like it is indeed a variety of sunflower - I'll just enjoy its uniqueness. The flowers are not much, but that's okay, the seed pods look like something from science fiction. Thank you.

  • Cheryl Fontaine Cheryl Fontaine on Jul 09, 2014
    Thank you so much, but no, it is not a sunflower. I grow tons of sunflowers. This plant has very small flowers and they turn into a strange looking thing that I'm sure is going to end up being some kind of fruit or seed pod. The leaves and stems are soft and fragile, not anything like a sunflower.

  • Doris Hare Doris Hare on Jul 09, 2014
    However Amy is correct it is a form of sunflower. The flowers are very small yellow orange in color. The first photo is of one of the seed pods. Left to ripen you will have lots of volunteers next summer. We got a start when we used a bird seed mix that it was in.

    • Cheryl Fontaine Cheryl Fontaine on Jul 09, 2014
      @Doris Hare Holy cow! I thought I had grown every variety of sunflower, but this is a new one on me! Have never seen or heard of this variety and have no idea where it came from. Well, the leaves are so very soft and it's an interesting plant to have around. Thank you for straightening me out about this!

  • Liz H Liz H on Jul 09, 2014
    jerusalem artichoke possibly

  • This is a WEED! it is a farm weed commonly found in the field-Butterprint weed.

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    • @The Garden Frog with C Renee Butterprint (Abutilon theophrasti)Description: Butterprint, also known as Velvetleaf, Buttonweed, and Indian Mallow, is an annual reproducing by seeds.

  • Cheryl Newman Cheryl Newman on Jul 09, 2014
    I have heard it called velvet leaf in Illinois: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/velvetleaf.htm