grows like a weed; probably is one

bacoAugust 8, 2014

This appeared about three months ago in a square foot garden box. It is about 42 inches tall and 2-3 ft in diameter. The leaves are 5 x 1 and 7/8 in. velvety, ribbed, with a light green underside and red stem. The taste is similar to spinach or romaine (not pungent). The plant's stalk is smooth and brown. No flowers are visible yet. Is this an Ohio variety of butterfly bush?

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This is a shot of the full plant.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 2:17PM
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Compare to pictures of Impatiens balsamina.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 6:18PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I think I'd go with an Amaranthus sp.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 11:37AM
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    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:13AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Pigweed would be an Amaranthus.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 11:03AM
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