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Old 07-08-2014, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Over the last dozen years, the birds have "dropped" quite a few different "presents" in my garden; many are welcome.
Some are not (like poison ivy!!!) and neither is this one, although I thought the leaves attractive in a strange sort of way . However, it seems the roots are very strong/deep and have actually lifted pieces of flagstone on my patio!







"Babies" seem to start out a foot tall and soon it's up to five or six feet. I have never seen it flower even though I've let a couple grow through several seasons (the above photos are recent additions, only growing this summer).

Would love to know what the name of this species is and how to control it (or if there is a benefit to keeping it around).

Thanks in advance!

P.S.: The leaves of an established recurring specimen have a diameter of as much as a foot!!!

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Old 07-08-2014, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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I included two photos of the plant in my original post.
When I click on the thread, I can see them. Another poster told me s/he couldn't see them.

Can anyone see the photos? Please let me know. Thanks!
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:31 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Nope. No photos.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Strange. Thank you! I'll try another way.

Will have to wait till Wednesday when help is available...

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Old 07-08-2014, 11:40 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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No photos here either!
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:08 AM
 
Location: CO
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Photos were there yesterday. I saw them but can't identify your plant from the leaves - sorry!
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Here I go again - hope it works this time

As I mentioned previously, I have never seen this plant flower; the one in the attached photos is a "baby", less than a month old. I have one that is a few years old (never saw it flower) and the leaves are a foot in diameter or larger; it's well over six ft tall. As you can maybe see, the new leaves have a fuzzy look (and feel) to it. Would love to know more about this mysterious monster plant
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Could it be "velvet leaf?"
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/velvetleaf.html
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Hmmm, I'll have to check tomorrow, it's night time now and too dark to see anything.

I have never seen a single flower (therefore no seed), and the leaves appear a bit different, but I will look closely again tomorrow.

Thank you!
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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It might be an Empress Tree or Pawlownia Tomentosia (my uncle used to tell my aunt it was a TORMENTosia) but if I recall correctly, I think they flower but it looks just like what they had in their yard.
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