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What is this plant with a large taproot?

Posted by jakaldd Florida (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 19, 14 at 11:59

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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RE: What is this plant with a large taproot?

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

RE: What is this plant with a large taproot?

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.

RE: What is this plant with a large taproot?

Ditto, Mirabilis.

RE: What is this plant with a large taproot?

Yes, I just checked and it is Mirabilis jalapa for sure. Thanks for the ID.

RE: What is this plant with a large taproot?

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 ...


RE: What is this plant with a large taproot?

I love them, I think you should keep it.

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