ID of what I'm calling a "knife plant"

darkmorning(Zone 9 Central FL, US)April 5, 2014

Bought 2 of these today (among other things) from a local garden shop, sadly going out of business. Nothing was labeled and I'm not sure what this is or the best place to plant them. The leaves really look like knives to me, with that notch on one side. It's very wide from the front but very flat from the side.

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Iris

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 10:00PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

The notch is not typical. It looks as if there was some physical damage at some stage in its growth. But it won't affect its health.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 6:48AM
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nel5397

Given your location it could be a Regina Iris.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 7:41AM
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darkmorning(Zone 9 Central FL, US)

These forums have never steered me wrong, so I'll go with iris, but both of the plants have that same notch on every leaf. Thank you!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 3:39PM
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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

I was wandering around a nursery yesterday, and saw a plant that reminded me of this thread. I didn't even remember your notched-leaf note, but the plant I photographed seems as though it might match the one in your photo. It was labeled Dietes butcheriana (Wide-leafed Dietes).

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 4:32PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes, probably something like this rather than an iris.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 4:43PM
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darkmorning(Zone 9 Central FL, US)

That looks spot on! Good find :) I guess I'll have to hope for a bloom to know for sure.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 7:23PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

So the notch would appear to be a good way of separating Iris from Dietes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dietes iridoides showing notch

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:01PM
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