Found these growing in our flower bed of the home we recently purchased. I didn't really like how they looked, so I started ripping them out. Afterwards, I noticed some in other strategic places and thought maybe I had made a mistake.
Learned earlier today that the stuff in the background is thistle. I'm interested in the stuff with the reddish stem.
This is a picture of the root of one that I dug up.
The stuff growing in another portion of the yard is starting to develop bud at the end. I'm not sure what will come out of it though.