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Simone Gar
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I was wondering if you would be able to help me identifying this plant. We bought a farm in Alberta (zone 3) and this is popping up in the garden. It looks like some type of lettuce that reseeded itself but I want to make sure before we eat any. Thank you!

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Joylynn Hardesty
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Maybe osaka purple mustard? Posibly from a mesculan mix?
 
Libbie Hawker
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It looks like deer tongue lettuce to me, the "Really Red" variety. But I don't know if it's fuzzy along the leaf veins like yours.
 
Simone Gar
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Libbie. That looks very much like it. Thanks!
 
Hester Winterbourne
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Or if not some variety of lettuce, a chicory.
 
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Hester Winterbourne wrote:Or if not some variety of lettuce, a chicory.


Very possible. It looked like a radicchio at first. Previous owners were Italian. Apart from tasting it, any other way to figure out what it is?
 
Hester Winterbourne
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Wait 'til it flowers, by which time it will be too late!  If it is growing in the veg garden, chances are it is a some sort of veg.  Have a look around nearby wild areas and see if it is growing anywhere else.  Consider what your local toxic weeds are that it could be, I can't think of any likely culprits if it was growing on mine, except wild lettuce.
 
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