Re:Bulb ID?

tiarella(7b)March 8, 2011

I have a bulbous plant that I received as a gift from a friend who didn't know the name of the plant. It is a houseplant and the bulb grows half emerged from the soil. It seems to have some scaling type growth and the edges are brown. The stems are long and the leaves are arrow shaped and medium green with some dark spotting on them. It is blooming now and the stems elongate and flop down sometimes reach up again toward the sunlight. It likes shade and grows outside in heavy shade in SC. The flowers are small and green in a cluster atop the long stems. Do you know what this plant is? Help!!!!

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Could it be a Eucomis, sometimes called the Pineapple Flower? There are so many bulbs, even a good description would include several plants. Al

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 7:44AM
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I am familiar with eucomis and it is not that plant. One thing to add; the flowers start out white then turn green. Another thing is that the spotting on the leaves resembles the spotting on toad lily leaves. I got this plant from a master gardener and I plan on showing to another master gardener for possible ID.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 2:10PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Can you describe the form of the flowers? Lily like? spiky? etc. By "scaling type growth", do you mean the bulb has scales or are you talking about a problem with foliage?

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 5:49PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

Sounds like Drimiopsis maculata, which I grow in the greenhouse but is hardy to zone 7b.

Here is a link that might be useful: Drimiopsis maculata

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 3:26PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

If it's not Drimiopsis maculata, you might try also asking at the link below. They are really good, even with just descriptions as you have given.

Here is a link that might be useful: Name That Plant

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 2:52PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

Another possibility is one of the Ledebouria, esp L. socialis.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 5:48PM
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Karen, Thanks so much you nailed it! This has been a passalong plant from 6 people and the name got lost along the way(if it was ever known in the first place!)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 5:17PM
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