Plant ID forum: I dont know what this vegetable is!

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Name: Kim Shipp
El Dorado (Zone 9a)
kshipp
May 13, 2016 11:34 AM CST
Hi,

I just moved into a house with garden beds and discovered some vegetables still growing in the ground. There is a root vegetable of some kind that has a red stalk and dark leaves, almost a deep purple. At the end of each shoot from the stalk there are 3 leaves. We pulled them out of the ground to transplant them when we moved and there were tubers of some kind attached. They were white at the time we pulled them in March. I have been searching and searching to find out what this is but nothing seems to match. I thought beets but no beet variety I have found matches the leaves. Please help!

The sun was glaring in these photos but I can get more if someone can help!
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
May 13, 2016 11:42 AM CST
Hi Kim! Welcome to NGA!

It doesn't really look like rhubarb. That was my only guess!
Name: Kim Shipp
El Dorado (Zone 9a)
kshipp
May 13, 2016 12:15 PM CST
Thanks! I thought that too but no! Hopefully someone else can help or when I dig it up I'll let you know:)
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 13, 2016 12:56 PM CST
Welcome! Kim. Is it definitely a vegetable? It looks somewhat like a dahlia:

Dahlia leaves (top picture on this page):
http://plantaliscious.janetbruten.co.uk/2011/10/foliage-day-...

Dahlia tuberous roots:
https://www.google.ca/search?q=dahlia+tubers&client=safari&h...
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Name: Kim Shipp
El Dorado (Zone 9a)
kshipp
May 13, 2016 1:43 PM CST
Oh my it could definitely be that!!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 13, 2016 1:48 PM CST
You'll know for sure if it eventually flowers!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
May 13, 2016 2:52 PM CST
Definitely not rhubarb -- which has a huge, single leaf at the top of each stalk. (And I'm not too sure rhubarb will grow in zone 9 -- the type that I have, Glaskin's Perpetual, is supposed to pretty much have a maximum growing zone of 7.)
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