SOLVED: What is this plant?

Moorestown, NJ(Zone 7b)

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)

It sure looks like rhubarb. On some varieties of rhubarb the stalks stay green.

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

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)

I'd say burdock

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Greenfield, IN(Zone 5b)

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

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)

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

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