Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

Gallery:

Common names:

Velvetleaf

Scientific Name:

Abutilon theophrasti

Description:

Velvetleaf is an annual weed in the mallow family (Malvaceae) that germinates in the spring and flowers in the summer. Heart-shaped, alternate, velvety leaves have long stalks and a distinct odor when crushed. Yellow flowers are followed by persistent, crown-shaped seed pods.

Life cycle:

Annual

Height of mature plants

3-8 feet tall

Flower color:

Yellow

Bloom time:

July-September

Look-a-likes:

None

Habitat:

Open, moist, disturbed areas, roadsides and agricultural lands

Impacts:

Damages agricultural production by competing with crop plants for light and nutrients, and hosting several crop pests affecting tobacco, maize and soybeans

Noxious Weed Listing:

Origin:

Asia

Links:

Washington Noxious Weed Profile
Invasive.org profile
CABI Invasive Species Compendium

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!