Mar. 7, 2018

velvetleaf, Abutilon theophrasti

The tall stems of velvetleaf are a good source of cordage. The leaves are edible, and a frequent part of the diet in its native Asia. It has been cultivated here for those reasons, and can frequently be seen in farm fields around the country - as a weed. So it's not appreciated for its pretty hibiscus-like flowers as much as it might deserve. They're a little less than an inch across. Add this fuzzy leaf to my plants-to-taste list this year! Velvetleaf now grows in all states except AK and HI, and all provinces except LB, NF, NT, and NU. Monroe Co MI, 9/8/15.