BACKGROUND: Velvetleaf was introduced from Asia. It is commonly found in rich soils in and around cultivated fields, gardens, and waste areas, causing problems for agriculture. This weed is very difficult to eradicate because the seeds may remain viable for more than 50 years. Before the flower’s bloom it may be confused with common sunflowers.
DESCRIPTION: Velvetleaf is an annual growing from two to seven feet in height. The entire plant, from the ground up, is covered in fine hairs giving it a very soft texture. Large heart-shaped leaves are five inches or more across. Flowers have five petals and are yellow-orange. The flowers emerge from the leaf axils and bloom in early summer.
CONTROL: Biocontrol is not available. Herbicides can offer excellent control. Tillage can suppress this weed. Contact your local state or county weed specialist for specific updated information.