Site Meter Ogre's Politics & Views: What's This?

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Anyone have a clue? I'm submitting it to the Tarheel Tavern (hosted this week by Scrutiny Hooligans), because it grows wild here in North Carolina. I've seen a couple of them (in my yard), and they grow REALLY fast.

For scale, in case you can't tell by the window in the background, this thing grew leaves about three feet across in a period of 2-3 weeks. The stem is soft, so I'm sure it would be classified as some sort of "weed," but the HUGE leaves really makes them look kinda neat to me.

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