Plant ID forum: Possibly a bulb?

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jul 4, 2013 5:48 PM CST
This is growing in my flower bed. It came with the house, and I don't have any idea of what it could be. I'm assuming that it is probably a bulb. Any suggestions?

The foliage is close to 1 1/2 feet tall, and the bud is about 1 1/2 inches long. It may be impossible to ID without being in bloom. I've thought it was a weed until this morning, when I noticed the bud on it. You'll need to click on the photos to see the entire plant, especially in the first photo. Thanks for any help!

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 4, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Looks like a Torch Lily Kniphofia....also called red hot poker

http://www.easytogrowbulbs.com/g-44-kniphofiared-hot-poker-p...
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 4, 2013 6:59 PM CST
I agree, it looks like Kniphofia: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Kniphofia
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jul 4, 2013 7:15 PM CST
Thanks! I was trying to get some information on another Kniphofia in my yard, and never realized that this one is very similar! It's very small though, and the other one is huge, which is probably why I didn't think about it being the same plant.

Thanks so much for the ID!
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 4, 2013 8:06 PM CST
Maybe it is similar to this cultivar

http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/kniphofia-little-maid/class...
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jul 4, 2013 8:14 PM CST
So far, it looks similar. I'll have to wait to see if it opens up more over the next few days. I'm not sure that it is blooming yet, but it could be and I just don't know it. It's very cute, whatever it is! It's growing in the opposite conditions that the above site stated it should be in, but that doesn't surprise me.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 4, 2013 8:18 PM CST
I would certainly wait to see what it does. Before I enlarged the pic, I thought Oh, Polianthes tuberosa....Tuberose. So, pictures can be deceiving. Whistling
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jul 4, 2013 8:44 PM CST
I've never heard of that one Moon! I'll have to look it up! It really is surprising how different some of these plants look when enlarged. I'm usually way off on what it is until I click on it! And half the time, I don't have a clue once I've enlarged the picture! Hilarious!
Natalie
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jul 4, 2013 8:47 PM CST
I just looked up Polianthes tuberosa, and I've got to try it! It's not really a good one for my zone, but I see that it can survive with extra mulch. Looks really nice!
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 4, 2013 8:57 PM CST
Here is a link with a pic of Tuberose blooms....It was the touch of color at the top that caught my eye until I enlarged the pic. http://acostatropicalgarden.blogspot.com/2012/08/polianthes-...

As for getting fooled....well, my little saying under my name is "things are seldom as they seem....the rest of that quote is from Alice through the Looking glass....."skim milk oft masquerades as cream" And when it comes to IDs...Things are seldom what they seem.....especially after you enlarge the picture Whistling
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Natalie
Jul 4, 2013 9:02 PM CST
I can see where you would think it's the same flower! It really looks similar! I recognized that quote under your name.

Mine has sort of flattened out today. It was pretty tight this morning, but the bottom is fanning out more. I can't wait to see what the bloom looks like, if this isn't it. I suspect that it hasn't really opened up yet.
Natalie
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 5, 2013 9:43 AM CST
Fortunately it won't be long before you have a bloom for positive ID.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jul 5, 2013 10:18 AM CST
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