For the last 4 or 5 years, we have had a single rhubarb plant growing in the center of our octagonal strawberry bed. Everyone coexisted peacefully, although we rarely got any strawberries. Then last summer, the rhubarb plant died. I mourned it and decided to replace it this year. However, this spring, we had what I thought was a new rhubarb plant come up a foot or so away from where the original plant lived. It grew bigger, but the stalks didn’t quite look like rhubarb. Now it is over 6 feet tall and is festooned with lovely thistle-like blooms, progressing from green to purple spiky orbs.
This morning, I used Google Lens on it and was told it was either lesser or greater burdock. What? Where would this have come from? I don’t have any burdock in the neighborhood and I didn’t plant it. Is it burdock? Hmmmm…anyone?