Asked on May 23, 2013

A mystery plant has shown up in my flower bed. Any one know what it is

Karen BjorngaardSusanSarah Batzloff


At first I was worried that it was Hog Weed, but after looking at photos on line I'm not sure.
22 answers
  • Aimee Maas
    on May 23, 2013

    I think it might be rhubarb.

  • Lillie Smitherman
    on May 23, 2013

    Looks like wild shard! It lays dormant until you till the soil and then it comes up every where!

  • Sarah Maes Lieberenz
    on May 23, 2013

    This is not nut grass. It's pretty but it looks like it is a seed spreader.

  • Melissa
    on May 23, 2013

    I'm with Aimee. Looks like rhubarb to me, too. The flower stem is just like it.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on May 24, 2013

    What color are the stems? Can't tell from the pictures.

  • Pat
    on May 24, 2013

    I have to agree with rhubarb...

  • Judy
    on May 24, 2013

    Yes, pretty sure it's rhubarb. If you want rhubarb cut the flower stalks off & keep cutting them off until they quit coming up. It prevents the plant from putting all its energy into seed production.

  • Mary lou palumbo
    on May 24, 2013

    It looks like rhubarb that has gone to seed!

  • Debbie Siemens
    on May 24, 2013

    rhubarb,,,cook the stem up with sugar and water and eat it! (but not the leaf, Ooo tummy ache)

  • Ann Cushley
    on May 25, 2013

    looks like rhubarb....cook it up delicious..cut off flowers...

  • Hilliriah Jacobs
    on May 25, 2013

    dont know what it is but i like the idea that it flowers

  • Sallie Leister
    on May 25, 2013

    i have it coming up every where in my new home was hoping for rhubarb as I love it. No flower, pulled up one stock a little pink but smelled like very green like a weed. Think it has been here for many years this is an older home and I can tell past owners loved there yard. If it is rhubarb when will it be ready topick.

  • Vicky Jones
    on May 25, 2013

    Looks like rhubarb to me. My parents always raised rhubarb and it looks like the older ones that have the green stalk. Stalks are edible but not the leaves. They say the leaves are poisonous

  • Terresa K
    on May 25, 2013

    Rhubarb plant

  • Kathleen T
    on May 25, 2013


  • Paula Smith
    on May 26, 2013

    Take a sample of it to the county extension office. They should be able to identify it.

  • Fern Valley Farm
    on May 27, 2013

    It is definitely rhubarb and boy are you lucky! Rhubarb is not always easy to grow. When the stalks are a foot or taller, break, do not cut, the stalks off. You can cut the large leaf off and discard. It is poisonous but makes a great insecticide so put it where ever you'd like to kill bugs. DO NOT EAT THE beautiful leaf. The rhubarb stalks can be green or pink or red -- all are delicious. Go online and find a great strawberry and rhubarb pie recipe and you will be in heaven. We make and sell about 150 jars of strawberry rhubarb jam - also easy to make and very tasty. Make sure you cut the seed parts off or just like any other plant that goes to seed, it will stop producing the stalks. When you cut the stalks, leave a few behind. The plant will keep producing rhubarb as long as you don't completely cut it all at least through the summer months. And it will come back next year. If you don't like it where it is, gently take a shovel and dig it up and replant. It needs sun but will get about 2 feet x 2 feet if you let it grow to it's complete height. Be delighted. You are one of the lucky ones --- not every part of the country can grow this early summer plant. Lynn at Fern Valley Farm

  • Ruth12345
    on May 29, 2013

    I would say it's rhubarb to?

  • Sarah Batzloff
    on May 29, 2013

    Yes, it's rhubarb, you should cut off the seed/flower stem so that the plant will maintain its highest quality and maximum yield of tasty stalks. There are soooo many great recipes for rhubarb out there - ENJOY!!

  • Susan
    on Jun 30, 2015

    This is a rhubarb plant.

  • Karen Bjorngaard
    on May 9, 2016

    Yummy!! I grew up in ND, where we had rhubarb plants that were as old as the homestead- 70+ years & still delicious!

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