no one can identify this spreading weed
There are these reddish purple shoots coming up around my house, and at the edge of my yard. They kind of look like asparagus. They are in various stages of development, some are now about a foot tall and sending up more shoots, appears to be spreading. The stem is fleshy, not as much as a succulent, the leaves are more delicate, not hairy, alternate, rounded, and about 4 inches in diameter. They are a dark green veined with reddish purple, and slightly curled under. Upon digging the root system is extensive, growing laterally, and spreading at all levels of ground, down to 4 feet. The largest roots were almost 2 inches thick. The stalks left in winter are about 5 feet high, and are hollow and reed like ( this is not a reed though) This is my first year living here, so I do not know if it produces flowers yet. The soil is very sandy here. It appears very resilient, and is starting to come up through the cement. any ideas? help!