Plant A Day – Velvetleaf

Velvetleaf Abutilon theophrasti

Velvetleaf
Abutilon theophrasti

Velvetleaf has a very appropriate name.  It’s leaves are velvety!  They’re so big and velvety smooth that they can be used for toilet paper in an emergency.

Here’s a funny thing:

You Might Be a Farmer If…
Your dog rides in your truck more than your wife.
 
You convince your wife that an overnight, out-of-state trip for equipment parts is a vacation.
 
You have ever had to wash off in the backyard with a garden hose before your wife would let you in the house.
 
You’ve never thrown away a 5-gallon bucket.
 
You have used baling wire to attach a license plate.
 
You have used a chain saw to remodel your house.
 
You can remember the fertilizer rate, seed population, herbicide rate and yields on a farm you rented 10 years ago, but cannot recall your wife’s birthday.
 
You have fibbed to a mechanic about how often you greased a piece of equipment.

You have used a velvetleaf plant as toilet paper.

You have driven off the road while examining your neighbors crops.
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I suppose if you don’t want to have to run back to the house, use Velvetleaf instead.

So soft and velvety!

So soft and velvety!

The pods are quite distinctive.  They're easy to identify all winter long.

The pods are quite distinctive. They’re easy to identify all winter long.

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