Mystery plant

ravencajun Zone 8b TXJune 29, 2012

I have two potted plants that I have no idea what they are. I bought 2 poinsettia plants for Christmas, they eventually died but I kept the pots with soil to re use. They stayed out in the atrium all winter some what sheltered. So fast forward to spring, I was digging in the pot for some dirt to put in another planter, I kept hitting some thing hard, figured it was rocks. My husband was digging in the other pot, same thing happens but he digs down to see what it is. Well it was some sort of fleshy bulbs big sort of pink. So we cover them back up and lo and behold we now have these big nice plants and they are now putting on what looks like buds or pods.

We have been calling them the mystery plants.

Now why these were down there in the bottom of the poinsettia plants is also a mystery.

Please help solve the mystery.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Close up of pods

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 8:24PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

One more

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 8:25PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Hard to tell but the leaves have a stripe to them, they are not flimsy but not really fleshy. I thought they were going to be some sort of lily. But the bud is small.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 8:29PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Anyone??

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 11:33PM
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kacram

I was thinking of lily too... hmmmmmm do you have another
shot? like a profile shot? I put 2 of these photos in
google images search and couldn't find anything. I wonder
if a side shot would do better? I used the first and
last photos/

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 11:40PM
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drewsmaga

Wow -- how fun is that to find these planted beneath the poinsettias! I can't help you on an ID, maybe after the blossoms open that will give a better clue. But, how odd that they were there in the first place. And in both pots! I'm guessing the grower had "bulb plant" planted in the pots and for some reason they didn't grow. And then somehow those pots ended up with the bunch of pots that had been filled with soil to start the poinsettias. I wonder what would have happened if the poinsettias had lived.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 11:47PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I am guessing that they put bulbs into pots then either forgot or mixed them up. I still had the dead poinsettias in the pots lol
I have a few more pictures, I can take more. We are hoping those things are going to be blooms and then we might be able to id it.
I will post more pictures in the morning, they are on my phone and it's on the charger.
I appreciate any suggestions.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 12:11AM
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carol_in_california

It looks a lot like some Asian lily plants I have that are not doing very well.......wait and see what the flowers look like.
I bought cheap bulbs and maybe that is why mine look so puny.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 1:31AM
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JeanInWa

could it be false solomon's seal? I couldn't find a picture with just the buds

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 5:45AM
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jasdip

I like it just for the leaves! But I'm partial to foliage plants.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 7:40AM
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cherryfizz

I am just guessing here because I don't know much about plants but I am wondering since it came in a poinsettia pot if it could be a type of amaryllis but then again it doesn't look like any amaryllis I have seen

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 7:47AM
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vicki7

It's an oriental lily, lucky you! Mine are blooming now and they smell heavenly.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 8:12AM
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nicole__

Definitely lilies of some sort. :0) They look like a zone 4 perennial that you could plant outdoors in the fall.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 8:18AM
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phyllis__mn

I agree that they are some form of a lily, with small buds due to lack of root space. I had some in a tiny little commercial pot; they lived over winter and sent out many buds this spring. Tough plants.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 8:42AM
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hounds_x_two

What a fun surprise! Please keep us updated. Take the pictures (or the plants) to a good nursery/garden center. Hopefully someone there can ID them.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 8:58AM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I have lots of Asian lilies in the beds outside but these are much smaller and the buds are really small. They get plenty sun in the atrium but the leaves remain the yellowish striped color.
The way the buds are arranged seems different from the other lilies.
I too think it is a lili of some kind.

It has been providing a bit of fun just wondering what will happen, I look forward to seeing it every day.

I will get more pictures.

Thanks for the ideas!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 1:41PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Side view

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 1:47PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Another

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 1:49PM
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Close up

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 1:50PM
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sylviatexas1

Might it be ginger?

a relative of ginger?

somebody that went to school with ginger?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 3:50PM
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kacram

well, I got a perfect match when I googled that photo. It matched THIS POST! lol it has to be a lily of some kind. should bloom soon I would think!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 10:38PM
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kayjones

It looks like a Stargazer Lily to me.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 8:15AM
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Sue_va

RC, I put your plant pic on Name That Plant here at GW. Some thought it was Asiatic, but one said no, not Asiatic, but asked to have a picture when it blooms.

So if you will post it here, I will post it there. Should be blooming soon.

Sue

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 11:07AM
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littlebit_gw

I also think some type of lily..

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 11:59AM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I will definitely post pictures of the blooms.
I would love for it to be a stargazer they are my favorite flowers.
Do you have the link to the name that plant I didn't know there was one.
Thanks

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 2:04PM
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marilyn_c

Definitely a lily.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 3:07PM
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kayjones

Here you go, Raven:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/namegal/

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

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 4:52PM
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Sue_va

RC, this started out, hopefully, to be a surprise for you when someone IDed the plant.

I first went to the Test Forum to be sure I could post the pic successfully. I knew there was a forum to ID plants, but didn't remember the name, and glanced through the long list of forums and didn't see it. So I then went to the Garden Party because there are helpful folks there. I told them this was not my plant, but was someone's at the KT.

A poster there gave me the link, and there I was asked to post a pic when it blooms.

So much for trying to surprise you! Remember the old saying: "No good deed goes unpunished."

Someone will able to ID it, I'm sure.

Sue

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 6:14PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Well thank you for that! I'm impressed you went to that effort. I thought I would link to here so anyone else could have access to the other various angles of pictures.
I am glad you did that because I had no idea there is such a forum and I have now spent a lot of my time looking at all the strange plants needing identification!
One I found very interesting was the Indian pipe I have never seen anything like that.

Thanks

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 6:33PM
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