My garden is a shared garden, and the plot I have was gardened by someone else last year. I have no idea who it was, so I can't ask them the following question.

What is this plant in the picture below? When I was prepping my garden plot I noticed some sort of white radish/carrot-like root or tuber that had started growing leaves. It had been cut by a shovel or the tiller about two inches from the top so I have no idea how long the original root/tuber was. I was curious and decided to plant it in my garden; now it is thriving quite well.

Links to other websites that would allow me to figure out myself what this plant is will also be appreciated.

I live in New Jersey.

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My first thought was it looks like woad (isatis tinctoria) getting ready to bolt to flower, due to the shape of the leaf and prominent white central vein.

  • Based on what I've seen Googling "woad plant bolt", I think you're right. Commented May 15, 2015 at 18:54

This is Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis). Very common where I live.

Evening Primrose in bloom with foliage https://www.flickr.com/photos/starr-environmental/9214878192/

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