tall sunflower-like stalk with 10 inch broad leaves

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  1. GardenCat

    GardenCat New Seed

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    I am planting a wildflower garden for Monarchs along my property line. This plant popped up, and I want to know if its a weed or keeper ? Are they beneficial for pollinators? It is about 3 to 4 feet high right now.
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    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    It could be a Paulownia or Abulilon theophrasti that is Velvet Leaf or Indian Mallow. bet it's Abulilon theophrasti....I'd call that a weed...

    If it's a Paulownia transplant it and it will grow into a large tree that will have purple wisteria like flowers in spring....I love it

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    I don't know the name but it looks an awful lot like a weed i've had. I let it grow because it looked interesting, then let it flower (mistake). The flower was miniscule and uninteresting but effective in yielding SEED!
     
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    Abulilon theophrasti makes sense. I had that in a wildflower mix, but the plants never got that big. This looks like it may get taller. Agree. The flowers are uninteresting, but it is an interesting looking weed.
     



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    Well, I read that it attracts butterflies, so I guess it belongs in my wildflower garden for butterflies.
     
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    no..... pull it as fast as you can. this is velvet weed. beautiful but a nasty invasive weed. we have it in the corn Dh spent hours over there on saturday pulling it and weed eating the patch to put up electric fence.
     
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    Here is my Paulownia tomentosa (Princess Tree) We cut it in half last night but I did take a few pics..It is unreal how much these plants look alike...
     
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    Hmmm. I am stumped
     

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