What is This?

5Bees1Bear(8)December 5, 2012

What is this? It popped up the beginning of summer and is now 2-2.5 ft in diameter and getting bigger. It hasn't flowered or gone to seed and doesn't seem to have any pest problems. Doesn't respond well to the hot TX sun but refreshes when the shade hits. Is growing larger in the cooler fall weather ranging between 39 - 79F. I want to dig it out but would like to know what it is first. Thanks for your input : )

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thedecoguy

It looks like limonium latifolium.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 4:49PM
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Dzitmoidonc(6)

Looks like Rumex. AKA Curly Dock. Should have a massive taproot under it. Will bloom the 2nd year.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 5:38PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Ditto Rumex.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 8:05PM
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5Bees1Bear(8)

Thanks for your replies. It definitely looks like Curly Dock. I have never seen it before and for it to suddenly appear in my ornamental bed was a big surprise. : )

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 10:01PM
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eahamel(9a)

ditto, dock. Not as curly as the curly dock that I've seen, but dock for sure. I'd love to have it show up in my garden.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:10AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

The "curl" to curly dock does vary plant to plant and even in the maturity of the leaves. It is also called "yellow dock." If you are not saving the plant, you can see why it is called that by cutting the large tap root open. Beautifully yellow.

Herb to some, weed to others.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 5:43PM
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