Smarty Pants! Yeah, you. Need your help.

I feel Teh Stupit but I can’t find out what kind of plant this is. I’m not finding it in my Texas field guides. Any help would be appreciated. I thought it was St. John’s Wort but the leaves don’t match. It seems to begun blooming fairly recently, meaning in the summer as opposed to the spring wildflower season. I haven’t seen any on roadsides but rather in heavily wooded areas, here in Hays County. Plants are about 24-40 inches high, leaves velvety and slightly aromatic.

Learn me, please.

unknown yellow flower

second yaller flr

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4 Responses

  1. Wildflower? Kathryn the horticulturist — the one who really knows Texas plants — in her school of horticulture (being heavy on Texas natives and xeriscaping as a practice as well as philosophy) would quickly identify it as a DYC. That’s “damned yellow composite.” There are about eleventy jillion of ’em in Texas.

    Maybe we can get more specific . . .

    Blossom’s about an inch across?

  2. Closer to 2 inches. It doesn’t really look like any kind of Asteraceae. It seems more mallow-y.

    It’s driving me nuts that I can’t ID it.

  3. Kathryn says it’s in the mallow family — you’re right. I thought it might be stickleaf, but the Peterson wildflower guide said Illinois and Ohio. Kathryn tracked down Wildflowers of Texas by Geyata Ajilgsvi; stickleaf does come into Texas — but the flower petals are pointy, and the stamens don’t look right. Bastardia has a leaf that’s closer (Bastardia viscosa); but in between those two, on the bottom of the page where we nearly missed it: Velvetleaf (Allowissadula holosericea). It’s got the right flower petal shape, the book says the blossom is 1.5 to 2 inches, the leaves look right — that’s our guess at the moment.

    If you find a local guy to verify that’s what it is, velvetleaf is edible. The flowers can be eaten raw in salads, or dipped in butter and fried. “A tea from the flowers reportedly eases headace discomfort,” Ajilvsgi writes.

  4. Yes!!!!

    That’s it. Absolutely.

    Thank you!!!!

    aka
    Chisos Mountain false Indianmallow, Chisos Mtn. False Indian-mallow, Velvet-leaf Mallow

    USDA plant profile
    http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ALHO4

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