Here is the Velvetleaf Plant, Abutilon theophrasti. It is also know as velvet plant, velvetweed, Chinese jute, China jute, crown weed, buttonweed, lantern mallow, butterprint, pie-marker, or Indian mallow and are annual plants. They are native to southern Asia, and introduced in the Americas and Australia. They grow to 3 – 8 feet tall on branched stout stems with The stems being covered in downy hairs. It germinates in the spring, and flowers in the summer. This typically takes place between the months of July to September in certain locations. The leaves are large and heart-shaped with point tips at their ends. Velvetleaf can be used as a treatment for dysentery and opacity of the cornea and can treat eye injuries. The leaves of the velvet leaf contain 0.01% of rutin, and used for a soothing, lubricant treatment that softens irritated tissues and can be used as a remedy for ulcers. Fun plant to grow for all ages! Open pollinated mid to late season 65 days.
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