Plant ID forum: What is this plant?

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buxby
Jun 5, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Hi There,

My sister recently bought a house and in the planters, we found this plant. The leaves look very similar to arugula but the leaf itself is a lot thicker and bigger than the ones we find at the market. It doesn't smell like arugula and when you break it off the stem, white milky sap comes out.

I desperately need your help to identify what this plant is!
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islander
Jun 5, 2017 4:28 PM CST
Is it me or does this plant look monstrous next to that window. At first I thought this might be a type of Kale but it looks far too big for that.
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greene
Jun 5, 2017 4:30 PM CST
Don't know what it is. If you did not plant it...please do not consider eating it. Get rid of it and plant something you like. Thumbs up
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Name: stone
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stone
Jun 5, 2017 5:06 PM CST
Lactuca.
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sooby
Jun 5, 2017 5:16 PM CST
stone said:Lactuca.


That's what I was thinking but it looks so dense. I wonder if it is fasciated?

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porkpal
Jun 5, 2017 5:16 PM CST
I think that's it - but which one?
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plantladylin
Jun 5, 2017 6:23 PM CST
My first thought was some sort of Wild Lettuce

Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola) is said to grow to 4 feet in height.

Lactuca virosa is said to attain heights of 6 feet and I imagine there may be others that also grow tall.
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ctcarol
Jun 5, 2017 7:29 PM CST
I can vouch for the size of those plants!

Rknrbn
Aug 8, 2018 4:31 PM CST
Lactuca virosa, though that is the densest I've seen!
I'm tapping plants quite a bit taller than 6ft, and I've noticed they do well in a coal dusted area.
They're so big it leads me to believe they're older than bi- annual!
Root systems that say much older, let me hear some feed back
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Aug 8, 2018 5:20 PM CST
They grow very well in the So. Cal. coastal areas. No coal has ever been anywhere near here. Very alkaline soil, and mild climate.
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porkpal
Aug 8, 2018 8:22 PM CST
Does coal dust count as an organic supplement?
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 8, 2018 8:46 PM CST
porkpal said:Does coal dust count as an organic supplement?


Toxic supplement
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