Weed (???) ID?
Ok, my Google-fu has failed me. Help! I was turning over a section of the vegetable garden today (look, our daffodils and tulips just started blooming, ok? The north gets spring a bit later than everyone else!) and I found an interesting plant growing between two paving stones. Unfortunately, I'd ripped it out of the ground before I realized how interesting it was. It doesn't look or feel like a weed. It looks like something that volunteered itself; what's astonishing was how large it was. The taproot in the photo is about 1.5cm in diameter. It looked very well established. The leaves were smooth, and were "folded" over lengthwise (I couldn't get a good photo of the leaves.) They ranged from a dark green to a pale yellow on the inside; the dark green leaves had a whitish stripe running up the middle along the fold. An overall picture of the plant: A closeup of the root. It broke on the tip, and leaked a milky white fluid. I dug into the middle of the leaves to see if I could find a baby flower or something that would help ID it, but just found more baby leaves. Some of them broke, and leaked the same white fluid as the root. I smelled it to see if it smelled like onions or something, but it just smelled "green." Any ideas? I'm wondering if it'll make a comeback since part of the taproot broke off and is still in the ground. Anyway, like I said, our spring flowers have just started blooming here and the trees are just starting to turn green. (I am in Winnipeg, which is zone 2b.) My concrete dragon picked up a wonderful lichen infection over the winter. ^.^