Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Question for the Hive Mind: unidentified plant

This has been bothering me for at least a year; I don't know why I haven't gotten around to asking until now.

What we have is a plant. I've seen it outside, both in spots that looked deliberately cultivated (as with this plant) and spots that did not. Or at least I think I'm seeing the same plant in both places.


The specific specimen I've taken pictures of appeared to be deliberately cultivated, because there were three or four of them, in a row.


The above is less for ID purposes than because it's sort of borderline pretty, but if seeing the flowers help with the ID then great.


9 comments:

Claude said...

Horseradish. Come fall, you dig up the roots, grind em up and make a condiment for the table which some people love and some people hate... once it's started in a spot it's almost impossible to get rid of completely.

The plants are kinda striking in a way... wouldn't neccesarily call them pretty.

Anonymous said...

Horseradish?

Greensparrow said...

I believe that would be horseradish.

Lee said...

I think it is Armoracia rusticana.

Tom said...

Horseradish!

Errant said...

That would be horse radish!

Tony said...

My Grandparents had a huge stand of this by their shed. Def Horseradish!

Paul said...

Horseradish is as much a b**** to get rid of as yucca.

Lorrie said...

I'll 7th that!
Horseradish!!!!!!!
The young leaves are quite tasty as well. Toss them in salads, stuff them in sandwiches, etc.
Fresh horseradish though, made from the root, is powerful. You can do small welding jobs by simply exhaling.