Can anyone tell me what this plant is?



This plant appeared in one of my planter boxes. Looks to be a veggie of some sort, probably planted by a friendly neighborhood squirrel or bird. It's growing like crazy, has squareish stems with sticky/pokey covering, and leaves with a sticky/pokey underside.

Click through to flickr where there are more pictures of it.



9 comments:

Didimo Chierico said...

Hi--
I'm Kevin ), Came across your post on Universal Hub. Looks & sounds from your description of the leaves et al. to be some sort of eggplant. Any signs of flower buds yet ?

eeka said...

Hmm, I am growing eggplant, but they're a lot lower to the ground, have some finer tenticley things instead of just broad leafs, and are flowering and creating tiny eggplants.

Could this be a different variety of eggplant than mine?

margmor said...

you know, it kind of looks like a sunflower plant... squirrels plant them here and there a lot.
Found you through Universal Hub.

eeka said...

Ooh, YES. That's what the stems and leaves feel like -- that giant sunflower that people grow. But does it grow just green leaves up and up at first? I thought all sunflowers started with flowers, and then got taller?

Lee Allen said...

kind of looks like burdock to me, which is not a veggie, but rather a nasty weed.

John Mc said...

Looking at the specks on the stem - might be a variety of Hollyhock...

Anonymous said...

sunflower. Always starts with leaves first.

Didimo Chierico said...

I'm now retracting my eggplant i.d. & siding with those who already recognized this plant as a sunflower. I went to a bbq in Marshfield yesterday where the hosts had an entire corner of their backyard devoted to various types of sunflower. And what to my wondering eyes should appear ? Eeeka's mystery plant. There were actually several of them interspersed throughout the bed-- same shaped leaves same branched stalk. My hosts couldn't recall the type since they planted the bed 6 years ago & allow it to reseed naturally. However they did note that this type, unlike the classic sunflower plant, branches out & blooms along the length of the stalk & not in one huge flower at the top. So that's what you might expect, if what you have is from the same family. In any case, I hope you'll post an update photo once this coy plant decides to reveal its identity ;-)

eeka said...

The plant has now bloomed and I'm certain of what it is. Visit my main blog page to see who was right!