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Sonchus asper

Sonchus asper
annual sowthistle
Common name annual sowthistle
Family asteraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers yellow
Size 12-24"
Light sun-part shade

This pops up everywhere in our gardens. Luckily, it's easy to pull (unlike its wicked relative, Canada thistle), and actually not unattractive, if you can get past the fact that it's obviously a weed. The two photos (taken different years) look to me like not quite the same plant, but it could just be variation within the species.

This is a weed in our garden

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