It’s a weed according to folks in the agricultural industry, but Delbert Bearden had not seen one in a long time and he’s been letting this one grow after it sprouted in his yard at Hebron.

The plant is “wild cotton.”

Delbert, 82, grew up picking cotton and he recalled seeing wild cotton as a boy.

“It wasn’t everywhere, but we would be out working and would see it from time-to-time,” he said. “I bet I hadn’t seen it in 40 years.”

He said the leaf kind of looks like the leaf of cotton and he thinks that is where it got its name.

The plant has some pods and they have black seeds in them.

“There’s no telling how long this one lay dormant before coming out this year,” Delbert said.

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