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Here's another one growing along our back fence. It's tall and skinny - some of them are over ten feet high! (I really need to get the mowing done.)



 

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Do the leaves smell of anything particularly?
 

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Not a thistle, not a mustard. Maybe I should post another picture to give you an idea of the scale. Seriously, this thing is ten feet tall!
 

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DO the stems kinda look like rhubarb stalks?

If so, I'd say that it is common burdock.
 

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I didn't think the leaves were quite like bearsfoot? Thought it might be Crambe Cordifolia (sea kale), but you said it isn't a mustard? The leaves look kind of like bear's breeches, but the flower is wrong.
 

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definitely not sea kale. I'm headed out to take a better picture now...stand by.
 

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Here's another picture of one of the smaller plants:

I also noticed that it is flowering out at the top into tiny whitish/purple flowers.

 

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Think it might be wild lettuce?

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I've seen it a lot in western colorado, growing in the desert. It can get over 4 ft tall with very little water. When you break it off, do you get a milky sap?
 

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I think Cybergeld (whatever!) got it! It is definitely some type of wild lettuce.

I almost thought I had you guys stumped on that one! Check out the link, it appears this plant has all sorts of medicinal uses!

Next!
 

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The prarie dogs eat this stuff all the time. I think it must make them a little high. Then they start playing 'chicken' in the highway.

My name means 'King Bold' in Old English. It is pronounced 'King Bald' with a long 'a'.
Just thought you'd want to know. :haha:
 

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the flowers aren't pokey though, so it can't be teasel.

the ones on this plant weren't really open yet, so they might end up yellow...I'll have to go check.
 

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Chuck, when you are near this plant break off a piece and smell it please. I still think we are wrong!
 

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its the hippy trippy pod plants from Omicron Ceti 3..

correct.
virosa wild lettuce has been used as an 'opium substitute' in the 70s or 80s. at least, some were said to have made a lot of money off it, as it can produce a material tat LOOKS like raw opium.
however, ive eaten plenty andther is no narcotics in it.
plant owner- is there any way i can get seeds of this plant form you? it appears to be a form fo lactuca florida and i dont have that one, only virosa. you will have to get seeds in july aug., old ones dont sprout.
 
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