Plant ID forum: Big leaf plant or weed?

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May 1, 2017 7:08 AM CST
I just moved to central Illinois from California. I thought this plant was a giant weed, but I'm not sure. I was wondering if you can tell me what this is. Thank you.

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Name: Elaine
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May 1, 2017 7:11 AM CST
I think it may be rhubarb. Give it some fertilizer and lots of water and you'll have some stems you can harvest for pie next spring! You don't want to cut the stems unless they're over an inch or so thick. That plant looks to have been neglected for a while and it's struggling. Just a little T L C is needed.

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May 1, 2017 8:13 AM CST
I agree with Elaine. Looks like rhubarb to me, too.
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May 1, 2017 6:21 PM CST
I agree also, looks like some type of Rhubarb (Rheum)

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May 2, 2017 2:14 AM CST
It may possibly be Rheum...but is definately not edible Rhubarb. DO NOT EAT IT!

Just had a closer look..large elongated leaves with undulating edges...white underside.
I believe it is the basel leaves of Arctium sp..burdock!



Wait and see if it shoots a flower spike up.
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May 2, 2017 10:49 AM CST
The leaves are more ruffled than the burdock I see around here, but the stems look very much like it. Skip the fertilizer.

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