Weed or Veggie?

tazdevyl1(z6 NJ)July 9, 2012

After weeding out my veggie bed ( I HATE amaranth now) I found this lone plant, and hoping it's a veggie, possibly a pepper? and not another weed..

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2ajsmama

Not a pepper. Looks like tomato in the background though.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:23PM
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buckyz4

Looks like Velvet Leaf to me (a weed)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:29PM
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tazdevyl1(z6 NJ)

Yeah, knew about the tomato! LOL

I swear there was NOTHING but grass here when I started this bed...add dirt, get weeds.

Any chance of knowing the tiny things in there?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:35PM
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steven1032

i may be mistaken but that looks like a campanela. correct me if i am wrong. do a search for campanela leaves.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:50PM
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tazdevyl1(z6 NJ)

Between the two, Velvetleaf fits more. Both have pretty flowers though..are either bad for the veggie bed?

I know I put seeds of an "N" named flower in there. Just cant remember if it was Nemesia, Nicotiana, or something else.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 1:06PM
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buckyz4

I have never heard anyone say a velvet leaf has a pretty flower, although my memories of velvet leaf is pulling them from a hot, mosquito infested soybean field. They really do not pull easy. As far as if they are "bad" for a vegetable garden, other than stealing nutrients, space, water spreading shade etc. I guess they won't harm much. Could be much worse weeds to have to deal with

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 1:22PM
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cindy_ga

Maybe Nasturtium is what you planted - a common companion plant. But the leaves are definitely not nasturtiums. Sorry.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 2:12PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

Trust me on this one, it is a velvet leaf. Pull it out and toss it. If you want more practice, come to my house I have 1/2 acre of winter squash that needs weeded.

Jay

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 3:49PM
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bookjunky4life(5 Central IL)

Its definitely velvet leaf and is a weed. I pull them in my back garden all the time.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 4:20PM
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tazdevyl1(z6 NJ)

Thanks guys! It shall be gone.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 4:34PM
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chas045(7b)

I pull them often but didn't know the name of the plant. I just looked at the wiki for velvet leaf and found that it causes large damage or cost for control in corn fields specifically. However it also said that in Asia the leaves can be eaten as cooked greens and the seeds are eaten too.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 9:43PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Definitely velvet leaf, a weed in the mallow family. It closely resembles okra (which is a domesticated mallow) in the seedling stage. The seeds are very long-lived, you do NOT want to let it go to seed, or you'll have it forever.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 12:43AM
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foolishpleasure

It looks like a weed I have a lot of it it drives me crazy. If you ignore it it will cover the entire yard it happened to me

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 12:57AM
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