Is this plant a weed?

Asked July 14, 2019, 8:49 PM EDT

This plant has appeared in my garden and I am wondering if it is a desirable plant or a weed. Also wondering if it is invasive. Please let me know. Thanks.

Howard County Maryland plant identification flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

This looks like a type of mallow, possibly spurred anoda (Anoda cristata). Do you see small leafy appendages (like spurs) where the leaves emerge from the stems? This page has photos for comparison. https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=14652

Christa