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    Another unknown bulb

    Here's another unknown bulb. At least I think they are bulbs.
    I've had them planted for 3 yrs. but have only ever seen foliage. When I pull the mulch back in the spring they are already growing more than this. Then they go dormant and now I have this foliage again. Any thoughts? TIA!
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    It looks vaguely familiar, but I need to research it first.

    Rebecca

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    I'm also going to post this on the bulb forum and see what those fine folks have to say. I'll let you know.
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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    It reminds me of Erythronium, which includes the Dog's Tooth Violet and the Trout Lily, except, it has too many leaves! I'm still relatively sure it is a member of the Lily Family.

    So often it is really difficult to know what something is from an image, especially when it is only of the foliage. You might want to carefully dig up one of the plants to see what type of bulb it has; shape size, color any and all descriptive characteristics. Also measure the leaves, it could help with it's identity.

    Consult your local Extension Office too, as they can put you in touch with the Master Gardens in your area and they may be able to help you I.D. this non-bloomer. Also ask the Extension Office for the e-mail address for the State University's Botany Dept.

    Rebecca
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    Colchicum autumnale ?
    It likes sun--maybe that's why is hasn't bloomed.
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Well still at it

    I've still been trying to identify it. Here's an updated fall photo. I was having computer problems awhile ago, and didn't get to do any follow ups that Rebecca suggested.

    I did dig one up and replanted it. But didn't get a photo of the bulb.
    It was 'oniony' looking to me.
    The leaves don't look like 'autumn crocus' to me though.
    quite a difference from the spring photo.
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    Vicki,

    It could very well be a wild allium of some sort. You'd be surprised how many different types of leaves that variuos alliums have...

    Whatever it is, I certainly wouldn't mind having it in my garden. The foliage is VERY NICE!

    How big was the bulb?
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    Look up Veltheimia and check out this link:

    http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/c...velthemia.html

    Rebecca
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    Vicki- That is a really nice photo. It looks like one of Rebecca's creations but it is the 'actual' thing. Pretty cool!
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Thanks Cathy!
    Rebecca,
    Nope, not that one. These are hardy, been in the ground for 3+ yrs. The one I replanted was one of the smaller ones and the bulb was about as big as the end of my index finger.
    I can't figure out how to post a pic at GW. Geez!
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    Vicki,

    Email the pictures to me, and I will see if I can remember how to upload the pics to Landspro, and I can provide the link to use on GW.

    or...

    The other thing that you can do is copy and paste the link to this thread. I have seen quite a few people visiting LP from this sort of link.

    It's really hard to tell what the bulb is until it blooms. The foliage is beautiful, though.

    FUN, isn't it? Do you think it is a wild bulb of some kind?
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    Vicki,

    My latest thoughts were Lily of the Valley, but then I look at this pic again, and I think not.... This is one bulb that does not do well here, or at least I have not figure out how.

    Copy and paste the following link to wherever you wish.

    http://www.landspro.com/Vicki's%20Unknown%20Bulb.jpg

    You are special, and I hope that helps!
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    Not Lily of the Valley, wrong plant structure and LV grow from "pips" or pipes. The plant looks so familiar to me, yet I still can not place it.

    Are there any orchids native to your area?

    Rebecca
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    I agree with the sense of deja vu. Vicki--did you actually plant this. I feel like it's native. I'm going to scour the link below when I have time. In the meantime, maybe someone else would be interested in viewing:

    http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7...146---,00.html
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    I guess that these leaves-in-circles originate from the madonna lily Lilium candidum - and that should already have come-to-light in Vicki's garden, because the plants send up their scapes now.
    Am I ummh... correct

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