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Unidentified leafy green

I have an unidentified leafy green in my garden. I'd like to know what it is as it's threatening to hedge in on my peas, which you can see a bit of in the right side of the photo.

I'm quite new to gardening, and since I'm coming to this garden bed second-hand, I'm not sure if it is a vegetable of some sort that the previous year's gardener put in.

The leaves have a texture very similar to a cucumber plant. My location is central Mississippi.

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It's hard to tell, but it looks very similar to a dock. I'm thinking a curly dock. It's an edible "weed" (I use weed in the term that it's an unwanted plant in your garden) with many uses, but I would pull it out. It has a large taproot, so you have to make sure you pull the whole thing or it will keep coming back.
Voyageur Country Curled Dock

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It might also be sorrel (which is related to dock). Pinch off a bit of one of the leaves and chew it. If it is sorrel it will taste acidic, a bit like a lemon but not as much flavor.

  • I tasted it, but it doesn't have any taste I can really make out. Are sorrel leaves suppose to have the bristly texture? – wxs Jun 13 '13 at 13:49

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