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tall green weed that wasn't narrow-leaf plantain...

 
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and ants are eating it now? it's been tasty, and so far I haven't died.

When it was really small it really looked like a narrow-leaf plantain, but now it's almost a foot tall. clearly isn't that. Also, it's now got lots and lots of ants happily eating it. I like that they're eating that one and not going for the tomatoes.

It has a thick middle stalk, and the leaves come out like fireworks-shape narrow and a little shrivel. It has a bunch of leaves up at the top, I think that's called a rosette when leaves do that. It has no flower. This is a common weed, I've seen it many times but only this year paying attention to it. It's New England. Growing in the sunny part of our garden.

I searched a bunch before posting this. Thanks folks.
 
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PS it's pretty tasty. I thought, Wow, this tastes a hell of a lot better than regular plantain. it's nice and sweet and lettucy. (it's not wild lettuce though--it doesn't have any teeth on the leaves.)
 
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Please post a photo, and we'll try to help you pin a name on it!
 
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Oh, right, technology, drrr, OK I'll get to it eventually. thanks!
 
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I think this will upload a picture of it. sorry it's sideways, I don't know how to rotate it in the program I took it wht. Thanks!
 
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/Users/joshuamyrvaagnes/Pictures/mystery weed
 
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nailed it
 
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OK, really, this time it should be there. I put it in the attachment thing. Come on, don't be like my cat, actually do something please.
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mystery weed
 
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Yes! Ok, it looks bigger than it is, it's about 12" tall at this point.
 
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Please don't eat (sample) plants that you can't identify. Get a sure i.d. first.
 
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