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Plant Identification: SOLVED: What is this plant?

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Moorestown, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 18, 2001
12:14 AM

Post #4997

I have this HUGE plant overtaking my front garden (it's over 4 feet wide at this point!) and another starting up! I have absolutely no clue as to what it is. At first, when it started growing last year, I thought it might be a stray rhubarb...but none of the stems ever turned color...they stayed green. The leaves on this thing are humongous! Some get to be over 3 feet wide themselves. Please help me identify this as flower or weed! Cuz both are gonna get ripped up real fast (roots and all!) if I am not told otherwise.

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Milo, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2001
12:28 AM

Post #75300

It sure looks like rhubarb. On some varieties of rhubarb the stalks stay green.
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2001
10:30 AM

Post #75391

That looks like a nice, healthy Great Burdock to me. I'd say you better get it out of there before it produces seeds. You know ... those stick-a-boos that get all over your clothes & hair. Not to mention the pets getting them tangled in their fur. I have a thoughtful cat that goes and collects seeds from the field for me. Burdock has a tremendous tap root so you'll need to dig DEEP! I believe it's a biennial and spreads from seeds so if you don't let him re-seed there shouldn't be any more. The root is used as a medicinal herb if you want to dry it.
Richfield Springs, NY
(Zone 4a)

May 18, 2001
10:41 AM

Post #75393

I'd say burdock

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Greenfield, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2001
8:20 PM

Post #75468

Oh my, so that's where are the "sticky" seeds came from!!! LOL! Will be pulling out a BUNCH! Julie

May 18, 2001
8:29 PM

Post #75470

I've got tons of these in my lower pasture area. They are lots of fun to mow over with the tractor!! They give a very satisfying crunch and produce a very nice thick green mulch for my compost bin.

Moorestown, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 19, 2001
4:48 AM

Post #75550

Ok, I'm convinced folks! Thanks for the info...the plants are getting uprooted tomorrow! I appreciate all the help!

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