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I figured this would be an easy ID given the size of the leaves, segmented stem, and such but haven't been able to nail it down.

The fence pictured is 5 feet tall.

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    Looks a bit (but maybe not quite) like rhubarb...? The ochrea indicates a Polygonaceae, which would fit your suggestion of Rumex or Rheum. – Stephie May 22 '19 at 21:17
  • @Stephie, interesting. Maybe the Riverside Giant variety? – Drew May 22 '19 at 21:32
  • Not quite - the leave shape is a touch too triangular and especially the “falling apart” of the leaves is not quite garden/cooking rhubarb-ish. But am leaning towards Rheum...? Can’t give a good id, hence the comments, not an answer. Sorry! – Stephie May 22 '19 at 21:47
  • Looks like rhubarb grown in shade and gone to seed – kevinsky May 22 '19 at 22:09
  • @Stephie - well, rhubarb is a Rheum, so I think you should post it as an answer. Personally, I don't think it's a Rumex (leaves too broad and not pointed enough, and the flowers are too "fancy"). I agree with kevinsky - it's rhubarb, perhaps an old variety that never was very red to begin with. The rhubarb we grew in Milwaukee, WI in the 1960s was planted in the late 1920s and had very green stalks. It was tasty, though. – Jurp May 23 '19 at 3:13

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