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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jun 30, 2013 6:51 PM CST
It's growing straight up. A closeup of the leaves and the second shot shows it growing straight up against the wall behind the Hosta.
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jmorth
Jul 1, 2013 12:15 AM CST
Don't know your plant but must say, that's one very impressive hosta.
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Name: Calin
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fixpix
Jul 1, 2013 1:53 AM CST
It reminds me a lot of a weeed I sometimes find around here and I quickly pull it out before it produces blooms and seeds.
It could be something else, but I doubt it.
Mine also grow rather tall, and they have snappy hollow stems.
if no-one can help with an ID, you could let it bloom and then we can figure out. Can you take a pic with the "TOP" ? Maybe there's something already going on there.
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JRsbugs
Jul 1, 2013 3:38 AM CST
You might be thinking of Giant Hogweed Calin?

http://www.trca.on.ca/gianthogweed/

http://threatsummary.forestthreats.org/threats/threatSummary...

http://thelivingstonpost.com/beware-the-sap-of-the-giant-hog...

It does look to have hollow stems, possibly in the same family but the leaves look different.
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threegardeners
Jul 1, 2013 4:46 AM CST
The leaves do look different and there are no spikes on the stem.

Thank you jmorth!! I love that Hosta!
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threegardeners
Jul 1, 2013 4:57 AM CST
Maybe wild Parsnip? The leaves are "rounder" though. I think, just to be safe, I'll have Hubby dig it out today....it's right in the doorway that we use to put the geese to bed.
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 1, 2013 8:51 AM CST
It looks very much like wild Parsnip Pastinaca sativa


http://www.cbif.gc.ca/pls/pp/ppack.info?p_psn=196&p_type=all...


http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/ontweeds/wee...

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 1, 2013 10:22 AM CST
My first thought also was Giant Hogweed:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07/13/giant-weed-that-burn...

http://www.web2.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/Biodiversity/Invasive_Spec...


Wild Parsnip can also cause some problems so tell your hubby to be careful when he digs it up:

http://www.cbif.gc.ca/pls/pp/ppack.info?p_psn=196&p_type=all...

http://www.healthunit.org/hazards/dangerousweeds.html
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chelle
Jul 1, 2013 7:01 PM CST
I finally ripped out the Giant Hogweed that was growing in my beds yesterday. I had on like a full hazmat suit to do it, too. Tulle over my face and head, cap, full-coverage rain suit, long rubber boots and elbow-length rubber gloves. Whistling May seem like overkill, but I'm thinking that my skin condition might have been caused by pulling Hogweed weed unprotected last year. So, yes, please do have a care in removing any of these plants! It's a long-lasting, irritating and scarring affair if it gets on you and you're exposed to sunlight.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 1, 2013 7:18 PM CST
Chelle: I don't blame you for being so protective of your skin ... that weed sounds like scary stuff! I don't know if we have it down here but if I ever see anything that resembles it I will dress accordingly too ... and then put on a pair of disposable gloves when throwing all my clothes in the washer. Green Grin!
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Name: Calin
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fixpix
Jul 1, 2013 11:33 PM CST
Nooo, neither of the plants you mentioned is the one I am referring to.
This one, always growing tall, kinda slender, and makes either small yellow or white flowers but individual ones. And the leaves kinda have a blue-ish hue. Well, not like this pic above.
If I don't forget and have time, i will take a pic. I am sure there's some weeds in my garden :)
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JRsbugs
Jul 2, 2013 5:10 AM CST
The leaves remind me of sow-thistle Calin, I checked one I have but it has soft spines at the edges. This morning I spotted others next to the spiny one which resemble these leaves but they don't reach that height, there might be one which does in Ontario. I'm thinking more along the lines of Asteraceae, could easily be wrong!

See how similar the leaves and stem are to Sonchus oleraceus ..

http://luirig.altervista.org/cpm/albums/bot-hawaii29/14269-S...

http://luirig.altervista.org/schedenam/fnam.php?taxon=Sonchu...

http://www.thewildflowersociety.com/wfs_diary/wfs_browser_di...
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JRsbugs
Jul 2, 2013 5:53 AM CST
A type of prickly lettuce!

Lactuca serriola .. is the midrib under the leaves spiny?

http://www.naturemanitoba.ca/botany/wildPlants/LobedPricklyL...

http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/Salads_Lettuce/Lettuce...

Lactuca biennis? Tall Blue Lettuce

http://willowhousechronicles.wordpress.com/tag/giant-ragweed...

http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/weeds/lactuca-biennis

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LABI



Name: Calin
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fixpix
Jul 2, 2013 2:05 PM CST
Wow Janet,
:) you are taking this seriously
this is the plant it reminded me of ...

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jul 2, 2013 2:37 PM CST
I wouldn't do it if I didn't take it seriously Calin. nodding

Your plant is the same as what I have and it looks like Sonchus oleraceus, they do vary a little.

http://luirig.altervista.org/photos-search/index.php?title=S...

http://flora.nhm-wien.ac.at/Seiten-Gattungen/Sonchus.htm
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 2, 2013 4:49 PM CST
Wild lettuce! who'da thunk it? I'll go out and check for spines Big Grin
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 2, 2013 6:09 PM CST
The database has no photo's of Sonchus oleraceus *hint* *hint*:

Smooth Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)


Y'all can earn some acorns by uploading your photo's. Green Grin!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 2, 2013 6:15 PM CST
Or maybe Lactuca canadensis?:

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/wild_lett...

http://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/lactuca/canadensi...

No pic's of this one in the ATP database either: Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 2, 2013 6:56 PM CST
I think that's it. It does have spinies under the leaves.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 3, 2013 7:56 AM CST
We have a couple of types of Sonchus down here in Florida and I think one has sort of pricklyish leaf undersides but it doesn't get real tall; at least I think it's Sonchus I'm thinking of. I may be confusing it with Youngia japonica though, the leaves look similar

Here's another link with info regarding Sonchus oleraceus which is possibly what you have:
http://www.iewf.org/weedid/Sonchus_oleraceus.htm
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