University of Maryland Extension


Abutilon theophrasti



Life cycle: summer annual
Growth habit: erect 2 to 5 ft. high with velvety leaf and stem surfaces; leaves simple, heart-shaped with finely toothed margins, covered in velvety soft hairs
Reproduction: seeds can germinate from several inches below soil surface;yellow, 5-petaled flowers in leaf axils, followed by button-like fruit similar to hollyhock
Conditions that favor growth: common in corn field production; gardens and roadsides
Cultural control: remove by hand in landscape settings


Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2021. Web Accessibility

University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event or activity, please contact your local University of Maryland Extension Office.