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#53988 - 05/29/2007 at 06:36 PM Invasive weed that looks a bit like rhubarb...
Erinne Offline
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Registered: 07/01/2005 at 08:00 PM
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Hey all,

So in my yard we have these weeds. Actually, half the yard IS these weeds. Someone told us awhile ago they were castor beans, but that's totally wrong now that I've looked at pictures of it. When the plant starts to grow, it looks a lot like rhubarb except all green. Once it gets larger, it shoots upwards on big, thick stalks and some can get up over 6 feet tall! They have purple flowers that turn into brown burrs that stick on everything.

Does anyone know what this is? I figure if I know that, it's half the battle of eradicating it. I've already gotten between 1/2 and 1/3rd of it pulled up, but that's just a bandaid, because these suckers grow fast, and I think they propagate from roots as well as seeds.

Any insight is helpful. Thanks!
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#53992 - 05/29/2007 at 06:40 PM Re: Invasive weed that looks a bit like rhubarb... [Re: Erinne]
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I don't know, that does sorta sound like castor beans to me. A pic would be quite helpful. I know you asked for insight and that really wasn't it, sorry. lol
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#54009 - 05/29/2007 at 06:47 PM Re: Invasive weed that looks a bit like rhubarb... [Re: LandOfOz]
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Well, the shape of the leaves is all wrong. The height might be right, but the leaves are shaped more like rhubarb--the spade shape of cards.

I could post a picture. I'm having trouble finding the USB card reader for my camera, though.
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#54025 - 05/29/2007 at 06:56 PM Re: Invasive weed that looks a bit like rhubarb... [Re: Erinne]
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Don't know the real name of them but we call them "Bird-Ox" and they spread quick.
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#54030 - 05/29/2007 at 06:59 PM Re: Invasive weed that looks a bit like rhubarb... [Re: Sunflowers]
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Spelling is really Burdock, I googled it to be sure.

Always wondered why bird-ox made no sense.
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#54033 - 05/29/2007 at 07:02 PM Re: Invasive weed that looks a bit like rhubarb... [Re: Sunflowers]
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#54411 - 05/30/2007 at 06:39 AM Re: Invasive weed that looks a bit like rhubarb... [Re: Sunflowers]
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YES!!! That's it! Thanks so much, now I get to read about it...
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#54424 - 05/30/2007 at 12:28 PM Re: Invasive weed that looks a bit like rhubarb... [Re: Erinne]
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Your welcome Erinne, glad to help.
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