What is this vegetable?

newtoucanJuly 14, 2013

I planted this and have no idea what I planted?

Please guess and let me know what it is.

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newtoucan

Also, don't pay attention to the red stalks of swiss chard laying nearby.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 2:58PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Hmmmm.... Doesn't look like any veggie I've grown. Where did you get it and didn't it have a tag? (Those tags do come in handy.) How about some more hints? Are the leaves fuzzy, leathery, soft or hard? Do they have any smell when pinched?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 3:16PM
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joncongaroo(Phoenix(Ahwatukee)AZ)

Looks like a sunflower plant to me.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 3:45PM
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newtoucan

I suppose to could be sunflower, but I don't recall planting sunflower this year. It's growing something in the center there so I guess we will see. I will try to post another picture as it gets bigger.

I did plant Milkweed, but I don't think milkweed I've seen looks like this. I also planted various types of pepper seeds, but this does not look like a pepper plant. It didn't come with a tag, since I planted from seed. This is what happens when you don't stick a label where you plant.

I really have no idea what it could be. More suggestions please.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 1:23AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

It does look like a sunflower, but too many leaves all seeming to circle the stalk. Can you post a pic from the side, showing how it grows upright? And, btw, if you had a sunflower last year, you probably have them this year. They self-seed prolifically.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 2:26AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Volunteer plants from bird droppings is also a possibility. Let us know when the center bud exposes itself, that'll tell the story.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 9:04AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

"Volunteer plants from bird droppings is also a possibility."

That rang a bell; a little bird left me a datura a couple of years ago and that's what it looks like to me.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 7:59PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Neat! Time will tell, especially if you post a pic of a flower from it. It's really fun to see. I was thinking sunflower or datura too (or maybe Tithonia, the "Mexican sunflower"). Keep the pics coming and I'm sure we'll get a positive ID on it. These plant mysteries are always so fun! Happy gardening and thanks for posting this!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 10:16AM
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