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Tim Pearl
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Need a hand to ID this. And any additional info or uses if anyone has it. Pic from today, front range CO, 2ft tall, pinky nail flowers.
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Arugula? Radish? What do the seed pods look like? You can cross off a lot of brassicas because of the white, not yellow flowers, but it looks like something in the brassicaceae family.
 
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DOES look like arugula flowers, but not leaves. Maybe a wild variety? No seed pods yet. Hmmm
 
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It does look like a brassica to me too. My first thought was radish. If you snap off the ends with the flowers how do they taste? And how does the root smell?
 
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At first tasted like kale (2sec), then radish... my only plant, so I wont check the root. But, now I do remember sowing daikon radish. Never thought it would look like that.? Good idea to taste it!
 
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I've had radishes turn viney like that when they go to flower. In my experience, it is more likely to happen to spring planted radishes that bolt before they have a chance to develop a big root. When you do pull it, you will probably see a stringy, fat root that has very little resemblance to a good eating radish.

Save the seeds on it and plant them around Labor Day and see what you get. If it is a daikon, you might get an impressive root before winter really sets in on you.
 
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Totally explains it. I will look forward to saving some seed and resowing in the end of summer! Nailed it guys, thanks.
 
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