What the heck is this little thing?

bveronicoApril 8, 2014

I noticed weeks ago little bunches of this plant which looks like nothing more than a single blade of grass each. I pulled one up today and noticed it has a tiny little brown bulb and two little roots remained attached.

I'm noticing more bunches of this, and also some singles popping up everywhere now. What the heck is this? Any clues?

Thanks!

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gardenper(8)

It may be a rain lily. When my rain lilies start up in the spring (or from a new planting) they have that single long blade. Soon, there will be another blade or two, then when it rains, you will see one amazing little flower.

The way you describe how they are coming up all over the place also makes it sound like the way rain lilies will naturalize.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 6:15PM
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bveronico

Thanks for the suggestion gardenper! I've looked up rain lilies online and can't seem to find any images where the leaves look like mine but it's a start!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 2:36PM
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CA Kate

We had something like this in our gardens. What we had was Nutgrass.... and very hard to get rid of.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 2:42PM
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blubird

Looks to me like it's an onion type plant which we used to get when we lived in Brooklyn - it should smell like one if it is.

Helene

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 2:43PM
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gardenper(8)

The nutgrass or nutsedge is also possible. If you have a chance, maybe you can clean up the bulb/root area and we can see what that bulb thing looks like. Or if that is what it looks like (brown/dark) then maybe a close-up.

In the meantime, I searched on the term "rain lily seeding" and found some pictures but could not link them here. They do still look like your plant also.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 5:25PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Baby Gladiolus look like that.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 10:05AM
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bveronico

Thank you all for your ideas! It doesn't smell like onion that I can tell. But I'm not that great at smelling things sometimes :)

And I looked up nutgrass/nutsedge and that stuff grows a bunch of blades from one base it seems, so that's not it either. I've taken a couple more pictures in case it helps. It's very much a single plant to each blade, the blades are very grass-like as they are flat with a single slim rib showing through front to back and no discernible difference from front to back, and it emerges from a single bulb like thing which is inside a dark brown, rough and tough outer covering, which is no bigger than a large pea.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 12:57PM
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bveronico

Here's another bunch of the stuff. It's about 6 or 7 inches tall now but still no indication what it will be. This bunch is next to some kind of lily or daffodil. This yard is just full of mysteries!

I've got to go post on the vines forum now as I've got a mystery vine coming up, and I'm going to post a pic on the hosta forum as the mystery hosta that was growing when we moved in has its pips coming through!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 1:00PM
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flowergirl70ks

Nutgrass has a triangular blade and will slice your fingers if you're not careful. A terrible pest.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 8:58PM
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browneyedsusan_gw(8a)

Looks like Gladiolus or Crocosmia.

Susan

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 5:27PM
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sara82lee(8a - SE Va)

Bonnie,

I don't know what to tell you it is, but I have the same mystery plant myself and I have no idea. I was so surprised when I saw your pictures! I did plant some crocosmia new last year, but it doesn't seem like these are all in the same spots. Maybe I just don't remember where I put them all... Anyway, I hope you figure it out soon!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 8:14PM
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raee_gw

It doesn't look like nutsedge or nutgrass to me. That pest is easy to tell because the stems are not round, but square or triangular at the base.

Don't forget to come back and post pics when they bloom (if they do); I am very curious to see what they turn out to be. I am also looking up rain lily, never heard of it!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 8:24PM
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Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b

I have something like that and also have daffodils. I was told they are daffodil "seedlings" not old enough to flower yet. I hope it is correct, as I quit pulling mine up. If they do not bloom in a few more years, I will yank them.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 7:46AM
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mari66

Hello,
I am not sure what it is yet I have similar things growing from an never blooming Orchid plant - bought on cheap sale rack at Lowe's 2 yrs ago-- it has a few leaves and after a summer on the porch it looks good and gives me hope--poor thing is hopeless
Just love our interesting world of plants...never boring !!
Looking forward to some warmth here in MA -from a freezing snowy winter to a cold wet Spring with a few beautiful day tossed in as teasers-Tulips coming up happy
little guys....

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 11:02PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

I think I'd agree on the Gladiolus, at this point. If the leaves have longways pleats - could be Tigridia.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 4:06AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Whenever it develops enough to look different, or of course, makes a flower, it would be fun to see an update! Reading the suggestions, found a couple plants I now know I need...

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 12:17PM
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bveronico

I'm leaning towards Gladiolus now... I'm so curious to see what it does!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 7:53PM
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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

That looks like the hardy gladiolus that I used to grow at my old place. It looked like this:

(Not my pic)

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 12:01PM
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bveronico

Just a quick follow-up/FYI: They never did anything. Once they looked like they did in the last pic, nothing else happened. I never even realized but eventually it all just disappeared by end of summer. I wonder if it was lack of sun? The leaves that looked like daffodils and those that looked like a lily never produced anything either.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2014 at 9:57AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I think it may be Siberian Iris and they often will not bloom if not getting enough sun, and they also need more than average water. Al

    Bookmark   December 3, 2014 at 9:50AM
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