Need an ID please

fairfield8619(Zone 8 NW LA)December 29, 2011

While rustling paperwhites and jonquils on vacant lots in town I found these. They look just like mini crinums to me. I find lots of crinums but they are always several big bulbs with maybe a few small offsets. These all seem very uniform. They have the plastic-like, robust foliage like crinums but they don't seem to want to fall over. Granted they just came up and are only a foot tall but I would expect them to flop a little if they were crinums. The tips have a neat little twist on them.

I'll keep them in the greenhouse since they seem to want to grow right now and see what happens. Does anyone have any ideas?

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

The stripe down the middle is a bit baffling but I'll offer Ornithogalum and Ismene, as starters. Possibly Hippeastrum, but that could be stretching it.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2012 at 8:46PM
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could it be blue bells? hyacinthoides? here is a link,
bye, Lin

Here is a link that might be useful: blue bells

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 3:02AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Don't think they're Spanish bluebells because those do flop over and the OP says these don't. They are definitely not English bluebells which have much finer foliage and smaller bulbs.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 12:33PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

My guess is Lycoris Radiata. The white stripe down the middle of the foliage is an extremely good clue. The bulb size, shape, and color is right too. I hesitate a bit, as the foliage looks broader than normal. On the other hand, my luteas (yellow blooms) have broader foliage than the red ones, so that could well be what you have.

It is possible that it is some variety of crinum. Ellen Bosanquet is not an extremely large bulb, or plant, and does offset. It is quite common, so that would be a possibility. However, this time of year all my crinums have died back to the ground and there is nothing but brown, dried ick over their tops. Hannibal's Dwarf is another possibility, sizewise.

Hippeastrum have died entirely back to the ground too by now, so that's not likely either. And, your foliage is all wrong for amaryllis.

Right now, in my yard, here are the bulbs that have standing green foliage: Lycoris Radiata, Lycoris lutea, Narcissus of all kinds (no white stripes), Rhodophiala (your foliage is far broader), Leucojum (you're further south, so this might be it), Dutch Iris (your foliage is too broad).

Clear as mud, right? The only way to know for certain is to plant them and wait for them to bloom.

I, for one, would be interested in your results....

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 7:40PM
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