Plant ID forum: What is this plant I found growing?

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krystenr1
Jan 17, 2018 11:35 AM CST

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 17, 2018 4:22 PM CST
I've never saw a edible plant like that. My money is " All In. " That's it a weed !!!👍
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Oxford UK (Zone 8a)
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longk
Jan 17, 2018 4:48 PM CST
It looks a lot like chard (or maybe leaf beet spinach). Please don't eat it until you're certain though.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 17, 2018 8:36 PM CST
I agree with longk. My first thought was chard or beets
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krystenr1
Jan 18, 2018 10:39 AM CST
I had initially considered it a "weed" myself, because it just cropped up from the dirt after some heavy rains in already weed-infested yard. However, there is a possibility that the previous owner (an elderly man that I didnt have an opportunity to meet directly) had a garden at one point, and this did look a lot like some sort of chard to me. A lot of the other straggler plants that have cropped up in the yard also seem to indicate that there may have been some sort of planned landscaping at one point in time, although I havent identified any edible plants as of yet.
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krystenr1
Jan 18, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Is it possible that it's just burdock?
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jan 18, 2018 2:55 PM CST
Agree with chard.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 18, 2018 8:06 PM CST
krystenr1 said:
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I don't know what it is but my eye was distracted by some tiny seedlings under the plant. Here, I drew some crude yellow arrows... does anyone recognize the seedlings? There may be 2 or 3 types. What if they are all food plants?? Thumbs up

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My thought process may be old-fashioned...Even though you did not meet the former owner, do you have any idea what nationality he was? Sometimes it helps to narrow the search if we know the culture/ethnicity, etc.

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krystenr1
Jan 18, 2018 8:21 PM CST
Its a black neighborhood, but he was an elderly man in and out of the hospital so the backyard wasn't maintained for some time. Most of it is covered in weeds, but there are some native drought-resistant plants I've found crop up, as well as some other indications of planned landscaping at one point.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 19, 2018 12:31 PM CST
Now, with the blow-up greene sent, I can see some of the younger leaves, look nice and smooth around edges, and , appear to look like Swiss chard, as does seedlings.
Water them dudes. We'll be able to tell, in a week or two 👍!!!

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 19, 2018 3:33 PM CST
Whatever it is, I would let it grow at least until you can get a positive ID. It may be a family heirloom plant.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 20, 2018 7:50 AM CST
It looks like Chard to me as well. Smiling
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krystenr1
Feb 12, 2018 12:34 PM CST
I've continued to let it grow. Here are some pictures of it, as well as others I can't seem to identify:

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Feb 12, 2018 1:25 PM CST
The first one still looks like Chard.
The second one looks like Eggplant. Smiling
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Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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janinilulu
Feb 12, 2018 3:06 PM CST
The plant in the last picture could be Dipsacus/Teasel.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Feb 12, 2018 3:53 PM CST
I agree with chard, but I think the little one with white flowers might be nightshade.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 12, 2018 8:19 PM CST
Kry : The big plants, in first three pics , are Swiss Chard ! The rest are weeds.
The last three pics, are ! All weeds !
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 12, 2018 8:39 PM CST
I agree with Porkpal, the one with white flowers is Nightshade.
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tx_flower_child
Feb 12, 2018 10:23 PM CST
Oops. Double posted.
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tx_flower_child
Feb 12, 2018 10:25 PM CST
Think we all agree with chard. I wonder if the 2nd plant is Borage. Or eggplant.

If the owner had a vegetable garden (likely) and was growing chard, I doubt if he would have planted the nightshade next to the chard. Maybe a bird did.

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