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I've been pulling these all summer but this was the first one that made me pause - the roots were very rhizome-y?

Wondering if this is a weed or something that may have been left there by the previous owners (this is my first growing season here)

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This is "Poke weed" or "Poke Sallet" - and yes, it's a weed, although the greens are edible when cooked. Here is an older post with more information. gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/2609/… –  TeresaMcgH Aug 12 at 16:55

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That is Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana. It is a weed, the previous owner (hopefully) didn't plant it. That specimen looks to be at least 2 years old. They spread by means of the dark purple staining berries which fall or are spread by birds. It is best to control them early, so that they don't disturb existing ornamental during removal. I've seen someone use a stump grinder on large plants (overkill IMHO). I usually pull them at three inches, enough to give you a handle, but before they develop huge roots.

Also see What is this fast growing plant with blue/black berries?

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Just for further references: anthocyanin is the culprit of reddish stems on most Internet pictures. –  BYJ Aug 10 at 18:35
    
Thanks so much - I dont even know where to start when identifying most of this stuff. –  Brian Aug 10 at 19:11
    
So I hacked down all the green with a hoe since grubbing some of the roots was basically impossible - I can see where the stump grinder would come in. I'll just keep with the pruning until it stops coming back –  Brian Aug 10 at 22:54
    
@Brian That can take over a year... Are you sure you can't dig them out? –  J. Musser Aug 12 at 0:10

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