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Jun 2, 2020 6:31 AM CST
Buffalo NY
I live in zone 6A and I'm trying to incorporate native plants in my Gardens. I do not want anything invasive. I need help identifying what weed this is. Is it vital to my area? anything would be helpful. Whatever it is I do have a lot of it and it is at least 3 ft tall it hasn't flowered yet but looks like it's going to. Thank you
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Jun 2, 2020 6:46 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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It looks like a very vigorous curly dock.
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Jun 2, 2020 6:56 AM CST
Name: Mone
Chicago between O'Hare & Lake (Zone 6a)
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I agree
It's curly dock. It has a very deep tap root that is even more difficult to remove than dandelion.
I use a root digger like this to dig one up:

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Jun 2, 2020 7:29 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Ditto on rumex...

I use an ordinary shovel... and then offer the plant to the chickens... They love rumex!

Most rumex are perfectly fine to eat... some are even sold as garden plants!

and cooked in high end restaurants...

https://www.thespruceeats.com/...

How and When to Harvest
Both curly and broad-leaved dock are edible at several stages. The most tender leaves and the best lemon flavored ones come from young docks with flower stalks that have yet to develop. Pick two to six youngest of the leaves at the center of each clump.
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