Thick thorny central stalk with a little bit of red. Leaves are not tough but have well-spaced out hairs. Not a lot though. I havent planted anything in this raised bed this year so I am trying to find out what this is. The soil in it is a blend of composted cow pasture soil and garden soil, any ideas? Some say potato, burdock, thistle, radish but after leaf inspectipn it doesnt seem like any of these. Charleston, April 10, 2017. Thank you.
I am rather certain that your plant is a radish, Raphanus sativus. There is a small possibility that it is a wild radish, Raphanus raphanistrum. If you take off a piece of the leaf and crush it it should smell like typical radish. It is bolting, or going into flower, so it doesn’t look typical and the root is probably smaller because it is being used up for flowering.
Steve Hill, Ph.D., botanist SCNPS