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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Any Ideas?

Ms. Doris and I went to another neighbors home yesterday to give some suggestions on sprucing up their backyard. As we were leaving we spotted this plant. Apparently this is the flower bud coming up here........they believe the bloom is red.
We were wondering if it could be a native.....click to enlarge for a better view.

It covered quite a large area underneath an Elm Tree and next to some Cast Iron Plants.
A shade plant for sure.........?
Any suggestions or ideas on where or what I should look up would be much appreciated.....she said she would share this with us too! I would like to have an idea of what it is first though.

27 comments:

Valerie said...

I don't know myself, but I do know who would probably know...Vicki! They are so good. They introduced us to trillium several years ago. Anyway, now when we see one we know it. I have a huge trillium on the side of my drive every year and never knew what it was until they shared with us. It helps to have friends that are knowledgeable in this area. I have you and Vicki. How blessed I am.

Paula said...

I don't know what it is but it s a lovely plant! Thanks for sharing - I am anixous to find out the name of this and will check back. Paula in Idaho

Kathleen said...

I would say Vinca?
Not 100% I'll ask around my neck of the woods!

Stacy said...

Would need to see the bloom opened...

keewee said...

It does look similar to a Vinca.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I don't know either, but it'll be interesting to see it in bloom. It looks like it's nice as a shade ground cover.

tina said...

I have no idea. Maybe a pacysandra? Does it vine or grow from stolons more in a clump format? Once it blooms you can google the bloom with the leaf type and growth habit and you should be able to identify it that way if commenters can't help.

Lois said...

I have no idea either. I would be interested to see what the bloom looks like.

Roses and Lilacs said...

No idea, but it's attractive. Is the flower pretty?
Marnie

Becca's Dirt said...

I don't know but it sure looks nice. Good luck on your search. Happy gardening... Becca

My Mother's Garden said...

It almost looks like the Peruvian lily, alstromeria to me? Good luck identifying it!

Prospero said...

You could try to fly it by Teza's Garden. He is really good at shade plants and may be able to help you out.

perennialgardener said...

I'm not sure, I would need the flower open for a better idea. Sorry! ;)

Aunty Belle said...

Seems thar' is a consensus...we need to see the flower!!

Enjoyed lookin' around in here nice family, lovely flowers.

Darla said...

I know, I said I needed to see the flower too. Sometimes it's just as easy to ID the foliage. They are supposed to call when it opens and I will be posting that for sure.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Girlie---I'M BACK ---to make sure you behave!!!!! ha ha

I have no idea, Darla. You may want to send the pictures to Meems (Hoe and Shovel).. She lives in Florida and grows alot of Fl. Natives. Let me know if you want her blogsite.

Hope you had a great week/weekend.

We are glad to be home.. It was a wonderful trip --just getting to see my son and family. BUT--the weather was horrible. Oh Well!!!!

I'm going to check through some of your older blog posts. Can't wait to see more of your pretty spring flowers.
Hugs,
Betsy

fishing guy said...

Darla: Hope you have an answer on the flower. Thanks for playing the What Is It.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla~~ Immediately I thought, Pachysandra. The leaves have a similar color and shine. But Pachysandra doesn't have red flowers. Post a photo of the flower when it opens, please. You've got me very curious.

Alstromeria is another good guess. Again, shiny leaves. The blossoms will tell.

There is another plant (red flower!) I'm thinking it could be but I can't find info on it. When I get it I'll let you know. I have regular correspondence with Teza so I'll alert him. He's an encyclopedia. :)

Prospero said...

Hi Darla. Teza's Garden is at
http://tezalizard.blogspot.com/
I'll leave him a comment, too. That way something should happen!

Frances said...

Hi Darla, I don't know this one, the leaves don't ring a bell. I would try googling the alstroemeria to compare since others think that might be it. I would not think pachysandra though. Good luck.
Frances

Denise said...

Don't know what it is, just that it's a very lovely plant. I hope you find out what it is. Enjoyed your photos very much, thank you.

Susie said...

I'm guessing some type of native but I really don't have a clue. Sorry!

George said...

I'm afraid I can't help you identify this plant, but I will be interested in learning what it is.

Kara said...

Sounds like you have some very knowledgeable blog followers!

If you can't determine it, you could always bring a leaf and photo to your local extension office. They have botanists and people like that there who can ID just about anything!

Tootsie said...

hey sweetie!!!! miss me? I sure missed you!!! I have the plant in my head...if it comes to me..I will let you know. lol
Hope all is going well for you. I hope to be around again soon. I am dying without you guys and all the silliness and fun online!

O.I.M said...

the leaves remind of plantain. I found a plant called rattlesnake plantain...the foliage is not a match but the bud looks very similar. maybe the plants belongs to the same family. good luck identifying your mystery plant.
irena

Dirt Princess said...

I don't know...maybe I mis-read somethine but I don't think the flower about to bloom is a part of the plants in the picture. It looks as if it were a "stand" alone plant and not it any relation to the plants around it. Maybe not? I am NO expert. The flower about to bloom looks similar to some sort of lily, a suprise lily maybe?