What is this plant with a large taproot?

jakalddJune 19, 2014

I moved into this property that had a neglected garden and yard, so I've been trying to clean it up and get it ready for vegetables and flowers. Every time I go outside to clean out the weeds, I always find a bunch of these. Along the fence I picked out at least 20 of these plants.

Some of the roots are only 2 inches but most are as big as the one pictured. The plant itself has been 6 inches tall to 4 feet with small pink flowers on the tall ones. They grow wildly like weeds. The woman who lived here before used to have a garden...Maybe it's possible this isn't a weed but a vegetable that got out of control when she was unable to care for the yard anymore.

I've been looking all over the internet for the past three days trying to find out what these might be and I've found nothing. I would bring these to a local DNR but the closest one is at least 30 minutes away.

Anyone recognize these?

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Here is a better picture of the leaves. The stalk is hollow like a thick straw.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 12:01PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Look at pics of Mirabilis jalapa to see if the flowers are a match. Can't see any one leaf clearly in these pics. The reddish stem and giant tuber match though.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 2:25PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Ditto, Mirabilis.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 3:04PM
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Yes, I just checked and it is Mirabilis jalapa for sure. Thanks for the ID.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 3:16PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

late summer bloomer ...

extremely fragrant ... opens at.. wait for it.. 4 o'clock.. so plant it where you might sit in the evening ...

hummingbird attractor ..

annual for me in MI ... perennial as you get further south ...

i hope you saved it ...


    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 8:53AM
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I love them, I think you should keep it.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 3:12PM
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