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What's this plant? - prairie dock

 
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I've been unable to identify this plant. I've got an inexplicable
compulsion to identify any plant that catches my eye....
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Yellow dock I think
 
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The leaves are very stiff and fibrous. Maybe more tender in spring.  Plant is very woody and sturdy.  Is dock like that?
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Looks very much like the horseradish that's gone wild at my place.
Dig up a root and smell or maybe just smell the stalk.
 
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Here is a picture of what I believe to be yellow dock.  I can take another pic when I dig up the garden next time.
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No horseradish smell. Just woodsy green.
 
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Looks like a species of Dock, Rumex.

http://www.eattheweeds.com/rumex-ruminations/
 
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My guess would be prairie dock...
 
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Yellow dock is common on my farm but I planted quinoa and I am having trouble telling the plants apart.  Hope the seeds will be easy to differentiate.
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low level was pased over with chickens and came up again
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this one came up from last years roots
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small one rhubarb below and artichoke in upper planter
 
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I agree with John, pretty sure that plant is prairie dock.  We have a  lot of it here in the Ozarks.
 
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Definitely a dock (there are many). It is generally a sign of acidic, at times wet soil. It does a great job of accumulating calcium and iron, which it provides to livestock or compost teas. I bet it also adds a good amount of nitrogen and potassium. I have used it to combat calcium deficiencies in my fowl and tomatoes.
 
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