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Perennial - Identification Needed...

Postby Melroche » May 17, 2008 5:43 pm

Hi Everyone,

This is an interesting plant given to me by my mother. She remembers purchasing it, but does not remember the name.

The thing is...she had it planted under a pine tree in the shade, clay soil. It NEVER has flowered. She said she can't image purchasing it for the foliage alone (though it does have heavily ribbed foliage that is quite lovely). It may be too early to identify it - but you guys are so good, I thought I'd try. She gave it to me to see if it would flower for me. It is now planted in full sun, good drainage, good soil. We'll see...from these pics does anyone have any ideas...this is it today in my new bed.

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Thanks for any ideas you might have!
Mel
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Postby Sharon Bryson » May 17, 2008 7:54 pm

Looks a bit like the Solomon Seal emerging foliage.
They should bloom anywhere....sun or shade.
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Postby DonnaZn2SK » May 17, 2008 8:18 pm

Sharon,

The stalk of my Solomon's Seal grows quite a bit taller before the leaves unfurl...I doubt Mel's plant in that. It has a plantain-type of leaf to it. Mel, do you know how tall it gets?
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Postby B_BQ » May 17, 2008 8:22 pm

I don't think it's Solomon's Seal Sharon. The leaves on mine look quite different from that. These were taken less than 5 mins ago!

These are growing from one long arching stem.

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Postby patty » May 17, 2008 10:17 pm

Hi Mel...I wonder if it could be a false hellebore Veratrum viride. Does the photo in this link look like it?

http://tinyurl.com/5832rr
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Postby butterfly » May 18, 2008 8:59 am

patty wrote:Hi Mel...I wonder if it could be a false hellebore Veratrum viride. Does the photo in this link look like it?

http://tinyurl.com/5832rr


So that is what it is!!!

I have both and my Solomon seal doesn't look like it

Mine looks like BBQ

So my odd plant is what is in you pic Patty
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Postby Melroche » May 18, 2008 11:26 am

Hi guys!

Thank you soo much! Patty, I though for sure you must be bang on when I looked at that link. I searched for the flower on the false hellebore..and now I'm not sure I'm convinced. It should have flowered where it was...in the shade. If you look at this link it grows up, vs. out. This spreads - rather than growing tall on a stalk like the false hellebore.
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants ... ebore.html
That hellebore is REALLY freakin poisonous apparently! Maybe that is what it is...we'll have to see how it behaves this year,....the foliage is nearly identical. Thank you so much for all of your help. I'll keep you posted on this plant.

Mel :lol:
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Postby patty » May 18, 2008 6:54 pm

You're right Mel!! The leaves on the F hellebore sheath the stems, where yours don't. I'm really curious now as to what your plant is! The underside of the leaves kinda remind me of water lettuce, which I know it isn't, but makes me wonder, if it is a type of moisture loving plant, and perhaps why it hasn't flowered.

I don't know...I'm just thinking out loud here. I hope someone comes along that can ID it. Until then though, I'm going to try to find it in my spare time.:) I just gotta know now..lol.
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Postby Melroche » May 19, 2008 12:16 pm

LOL. Thanks Patty. I'm very curious to see what it does this year too. Hopefully we can end it's identity crisis. :wink:

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