Plant ID forum: Probably native to Northern Virginia

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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Feb 23, 2017 10:19 PM CST
This plant is coming up in the woods near a creek in Northern Virginia (Zone 7a).
It's only a few inches tall right now. It reminds me of wild lettuce, but I'm not sure that's it.
Does anyone recognize it?
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Feb 24, 2017 6:52 AM CST
Makes me think of wild mustard.
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tofitropic
Feb 24, 2017 7:53 AM CST
Agree with porkpal surely a wild brassica, could also try to tear/cut leaves. lettuce usually exude bit white sap when freshly cutted, while mustard won't. Also try smell it, it should have different odor.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Feb 24, 2017 8:19 AM CST
Rutabaga? Collard?
Looks like an escapee from the veggie patch.
I always allow my greens to set seed, the song birds love them, the butterflies and ladybugs enjoy the flowers during a period of time when there's little else...
And... I often get returns!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Feb 24, 2017 8:25 AM CST
Okay, feral mustard then.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Feb 24, 2017 8:29 AM CST
porkpal said:Okay, feral mustard then.

Did you enlarge the image?
The leaves seem much bluer and thicker than mustard....
Although...
Canola is barely possible...

Still think rutabaga, collards, or kale.
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Feb 24, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Thanks to all - I'll keep an eye on it, see how it develops, and post more photos later on. I'll see if the leaves exude anything or have a noticeable scent, too.

It is growing behind the fence line of my daughter's house, which she recently bought. I believe previous owners did have a vegetable garden, so an escapee is a possibility.

I didn't enlarge the leaves; I just tried to get a closeup.

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