Plant ID forum: Rain Lily?

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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 24, 2013 5:15 PM CST
I always find this pretty flower growing throughout my yard. The foliage is narrow and dark green like a typical rain lily, but the flowers are incredibly small. I always though rain lilies had larger blooms.


Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 24, 2013 5:33 PM CST
Not sure what you are calling "rain lily", but Zepheranthes candida has a single bloom per stalk, and usually blooms in late summer. Maybe an Ornithogalum? Apicture of the whole plant would be helpful.
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plantladylin
Mar 24, 2013 5:36 PM CST
Definitely a "Rain Lily". My first thought was maybe Zephyranthes atamasca: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ZEAT but I'm not sure that one is found in your area.
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 24, 2013 6:20 PM CST
Thank you Carol and Lin. I'll take a picture of the whole plant tomorrow morning.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 24, 2013 6:25 PM CST

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It looks like an Allium to me. Does it smell like an onion?
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Mar 24, 2013 6:29 PM CST
Does it have a fragrance? It kinda reminds me of the wild onions we get here.

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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 24, 2013 6:40 PM CST
It has a very pungent smell. It kind of reminds me of onion but its a very light onion smell. I dug up a small clump and it has hundreds of small bulbs.

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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 24, 2013 6:41 PM CST
I gave it another whiff and it does have an oniony/garlic scent
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Horntoad
Mar 24, 2013 8:42 PM CST
Looks like Crow Poison, Nothoscordum bivalve
It's everywhere this time of year.

False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve)


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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 24, 2013 8:48 PM CST

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Yes, Jay's right. That's exactly what it looks like, and it is everywhere this time of year.
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Horntoad
Mar 24, 2013 9:54 PM CST
Here is some from my yard.

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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 25, 2013 4:43 AM CST
Thanks Jay! I'm going to replant all of the bulbs in various parts of my garden. Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Mar 25, 2013 7:32 AM CST
Oh my goodness ... y'all are so good! I really thought it was a rain lily of some sort. It sure is a pretty flower ... I can just imagine fields of that beauty everywhere!

I've never seen it before but this site shows it in Florida, maybe it's found in the more northern areas of the state: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=NOBI2
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 25, 2013 8:14 AM CST
Thanks everyone for iding another plant for me. I always assumed it was a rain lily because I would see the blooms sporadically after it rained. I'm constantly mowing them down unfortunately.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 25, 2013 9:54 AM CST

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We always called this Crow's Bane and our pastures get covered with it every spring.
Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 25, 2013 9:56 AM CST
I'm glad its a wildflower, I was so afraid it was a weedy pest Thumbs up
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Horntoad
Mar 25, 2013 10:05 AM CST
TexasPlumeria87 said:I'm glad its a wildflower, I was so afraid it was a weedy pest Thumbs up


Well, that depends on your perspective. I personally like them.

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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Mar 25, 2013 10:46 AM CST
I really like them too. I may dig up a couple of clumps and plant them in some containers, just to save them from the mower.

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