Velvetleaf, or Indian Mallow, a plant with yellow flowers and large, velvety, heart-shaped leaves. It grows to a height of three to five feet (1 to 1.5 m). Velvetleaf is native to Asia. In China, it is widely cultivated for its stem, which yields a tough fiber known as China jute. China jute is used for making rope, sacks, rugs, cloth, and paper. Velvetleaf also grows in the United States, where it is considered a weed.
Velvetleaf is Abutilon theophrasti. It is in the mallow family, Malvaceae.