Etymology: Abutilon: from the Arabic word for a mallow-like plant
Plants: erect, annual, 1'-4' tall, stout, branched, softly hairy forb
Leaves: large, broadly heart-shaped, velvety, on stalks about as long as the leaves
Flowers: yellow to orange, 5-parted, 1/2"-1" wide; inflorescence a cluster of stalked flowers from the leaf axils; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: round cluster up to 1" wide with star-like beaks on the top
Habitat: sun; dry; disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FACU- USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"