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  • Any gardeners recognize this plant?

    Found it where I had thrown out some seeds a while back...thinking one may have actually sprouted but don't know for sure. Possibilities are spinach, swiss chard, kale....ideas?
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    any possibility its horseradish? I don't do the green leafies too much any more, they get mauled in my garden, so I'm not too sure about it, but for some reason the leaves don't look terribly appetizing like spinach and chard do.

    [shrug] just a guess.
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    • #3
      Swiss Chard.
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      • #4
        Spinach, dont think the leaves are wrinkly enough for chard.
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        • #5
          Spinach leaves are more rounded than that. Kale has very ruffly leaves. It does resemble chard.

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          • #6
            looks like a weed that grows around here -- can't think of the name just now
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SGray View Post
              looks like a weed that grows around here -- can't think of the name just now
              I don't know any weed names, but you're right. Then again, we also do have a lot of edible weeds. Had a wild mustard grow in my poo pile a couple years ago, and that sucker was great fried up with some bacon. Hubby gets suspicious now when I cook greens though. <shrug>
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              • #8
                Chicory looks kind of like that before it bolts, but chicory leaves aren't that smooth on the edges. Curly dock looks a bit like that as well, but I still think it is probably chard.

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                • #9
                  looks like a radish, or a turnip or beet. They all have similar tops. Pull it up and see what's under there. Could be very tasty.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SGray View Post
                    looks like a weed that grows around here -- can't think of the name just now
                    Yep. Can't think of the name either but there was a thread on it a few months ago...

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                    • #11
                      Don't pull it up to eat unless you know exactly what it is. Some things look wonderful, end up poisonous.

                      Not spinach, for sure. Not kale either. Not the right texture/color for beets.

                      Possibly chard. You can take a leaf to a local nursery and have a master gardener tell you what it is.
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                      • #12
                        Assuming those plants listed are the only possibility, then it's just about destined to be Swish Chard

                        it's most definitely not kale (for the reason listed, not krinkly), and while I don't claim to know ALL varieties of spinach it still doesn't look right for that either
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                        • #13
                          It really doesn't look shiny enough to be chard. I agree it looks more like horseradish than anything else. It could be a poisonous weed, though, so don't eat it until you know!

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                          • #14
                            It looks like dock, to me. (Yellow dock, maybe?) Check if it has a LOT of big, deep, white root. If so, it's a weed. Otherwise, the leaves look more like horseradish than either spinach or chard, both of which (in the flat-leaved variety) have a more spade-shaped leaf.
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                            • #15
                              Dock is my guess too. If is has a root like a tree trunk that is your answer.
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                              • #16
                                Looks like broadleaf plantain to me.

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                                • #17
                                  It's a weed

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                                    Someone else mentioned dock....I've just never seen it here in my past 24 years on the farm!

                                    OK will investigate the root system. Very pretty plant though....about 24" tall.

                                    thanks for all the replies!

                                    I was just so excited to see what I thought was a hold out on the garden that wasn't meant to be. We plant here in Oct/Nov since the summer mos. are too harsh.
                                    The garden area that I had worked on to build up with composted manure for 2 years became too shady while waiting. I then planted in very large containers with a LOT of effort only to have the peacocks eat everything!!!
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                                    • #19
                                      That's not chard, spinach or radish. Or Plantain unless its a monster!

                                      My bet is curly dockweed or possibly Horseradish. But, IMO Horse radish is more upright.
                                      Horse radish photo for comparision (kitty is snoozing not dead )
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                                      • #20
                                        I vote for curly dock too. If you try to pull it out and it fights back...it's dock. It has a very long, tough root and is difficult to get rid of because once it's more than a weedling (as I like to call them) you rarely get the whole root and it comes right back.

                                        Dock is edible, though. You can eat the leaves raw when they are very young, or can cook them to make them less bitter. Fully grown dock isn't very tasty though.

                                        There aren't that many dangerously poisonous plants in the US....not that I'd recommend eating anything you find without checking, but most broad-leaved plants like this are usually not toxic.

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