Did I just transplant, fertilize, water and otherwise nurture a weed for the past week?
I had planted a packet of Mexican sunflower - a tall plant with little orange flowers -and none of it came up. I noticed this in one of the planters and thought it was the lone survivor. I moved it to the barrel last week. Now I think it may be a WEED.
Does it look familiar to anyone?
I've been known to nurture a weed or two in my years of gardening. :)
updateAfter a little investigating on my own, I'm feeling pretty confident that this is Mexican sunflower. The foliage looks very much the same as this photo I found
One guy said his got to 10 feet tall!
Whoops...maybe it should not be in a container :)
I don't think I have to worry about that. It's almost August and mine is only about 7 inches tall.
September 5, 2006 update:
Before going to work this morning I was watering plants and saw a bright orange spot of color at the end of the deck. Ah ha! It is Mexican sunflower!
The little flower itself it nice, but I am not overly fond of the unrefined foliage (especially with all the bug bites in it).
As you can see mine did not get anywhere near 10 feet tall. It also took far too long to bloom.
I don't think I will be growing it next year.