Is this Edible Rhubarb?

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12 years 4 months ago #21934 by Toast
I hope my photo is attached. First time I've done this.

I'm wondering if this old monstrosity at my back door is actually rhubarb. I've just seen it lining somebody's driveway & wonder about it.

Thanks.

PS If the photo hasn't shown up I'll have another go!

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12 years 4 months ago #316892 by reggit
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Don't try eating that! It's a nasty invasive called bear's breeches (Acanthus mollis) and is definitely not edible [;)]

A healthier looking specimen can be found here at http://weedbusters.co.nz/weed_info/detail.asp?WeedID=167

Take a break...while I take care of your home, your block, your pets, your stock! [;)] PM me...

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12 years 4 months ago #316919 by DiDi
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Toast I nearly gagged at the thought of you trying to cook that hideous plant - I hate it with a passion. Cut off the flower stalks BEFORE they seed everywhere and if you try to dig it out, be warned that any tiny bit of root left will regrow.

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12 years 4 months ago #316955 by Toast
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No wonder it wouldn't cook!!!

Remember, ages ago I started a thread about rhubarb and asked all those questions? Well, this was it!

It looked like rhubarb and was outside the back/kitchen door & some potatoes were growing amongst it, so I thought it must be rhubarb!

Just as well I didn't give any away to some unsuspecting soul who actually ate it!

Flowers are stunning though. Neighbour has them in a tall vase in her lounge.

Thanks for that, everybody!

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12 years 4 months ago #316974 by Stu_R
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12 years 4 months ago #317164 by Toast
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Yes, still alive! I thought it was my terrible cooking/gardening skills!

What alerted me was when I went to dinner at neighbours' & they had the flowers in a tall vase & they looked great. Couple days later went up to their parents place & noticed the driveway lined with them for about 100m and thought it a bit unusual to line the driveway with rhubarb. But then I got to thinking ..... perhaps it's not rhubarb!

Thank goodness LSB is here to save me from dying at my own hand!

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