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Is this a Datura?

Posted by stephanie_kay 5a IL (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 14, 12 at 14:10

I have this little plant growing in my yard, noticed today even with our 30 degree weather it is in bud. I carefully dug it and put it in a pot without bothering the roots.
Wondering if anyone here could tell me if this is a datura.

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RE: Is this a Datura?

Not a datura. Could it be a hollyhock?


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RE: Is this a Datura?

No, it is not a hollyhock, I have them. The whole plant is not even 10 inches. The bud is about half an inch. The only reason I thought of datura, was in 2010 I planted a couple of purple flower datura's. This came up after we started getting rain this fall. A seedling from somewhere. I hope it will over winter in the pot. Here is another photo that I just took might be a bit better.


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RE: Is this a Datura?

Eloise, it is a Malva sylvestris, I have large hollyhocks, they are hairy and this little one isn't. Posted on gardenweb facebook page and was given the name. Thank you for your help. I am not sure if I can delete this off the page.


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RE: Is this a Datura?

Stephanie,
I agree that it's a Malva Sylvestris, or common mallow. I have several varieties in my yard. They have a taproot which makes them very difficult to move, even when they're very small. In my area, they survive the winters outside just fine. I cut them off at the ground and they come back even bigger and stronger the following year. During the growing season, I cut them back pretty severely, and they get nice and bushy. I love them; hope yours does okay.


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RE: Is this a Datura?

Glad you got your plant identified Stepanie!


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