Plant ID forum: Found some bulbs.

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crittergarden
Jul 11, 2014 3:49 PM CST
Today I spent 4 hours in the sun rescuing plants from a house that's going to be bulldozed.
Lots of allium bulbs, a few daffodils (some of which I hope are actually tulips), irises, daylilies, 3 asiatic looking lily bulbs and a hydrangea that nearly killed me.

And these irregularly shaped bulbs in the bottom of this pic.
Any idea what they might be?
Glove is there for size - mind you it's an XS.

Thumb of 2014-07-11/crittergarden/b1c147

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HamiltonSquare
Jul 11, 2014 4:25 PM CST
Reminds of Alstromeria.
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crittergarden
Jul 11, 2014 4:45 PM CST
OK.
I know I wouldn't recognize alstromeria....
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crittergarden
Jul 12, 2014 11:28 AM CST
So one vote for alstromeria.
Anyone disagree?
Anyone AGREE?????
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greene
Jul 12, 2014 12:35 PM CST
This link has a photo of some Alstroemeria rhizomes/bulbs (I never know the right word Blinking )
http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Alstroemeria
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crittergarden
Jul 12, 2014 12:58 PM CST
Well, they do look a lot like that.
Many of mine are roundish though.

Is alstromeria the ONLY thing that looks like that?
If so, I'll plant them as such.
But if they might be something else, I'd like to find out before I plant....
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Leftwood
Jul 12, 2014 12:59 PM CST
I can see how one might think they are alstroemeria (like from this pic http://kindsofornamentalplants.blogspot.com/2012/05/alstroem... ) but no. They are obviously not part of a larger root system. The bulb shape to look for is indicated by the blue arrows. The orange arrows show elongated ones that were adjusting their depth in the soil from the previous year. These will look like the blue arrowed ones in the following year(s), once they are happy at the soil depth they are in.
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Sorry, I don't know what they might be.
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crittergarden
Jul 12, 2014 1:05 PM CST
Thanks for bringing your knowledge and giving it a shot!

You mean those in the pic on the link are attached to more root, like the bulbous parts at the ends of dayliliy roots look?

But mine have no root so they are something else?
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crittergarden
Jul 12, 2014 1:08 PM CST
The soil they were in was already BONE dry. North facing wall, never watered this season.
Might the roots have disappeared already?
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2014 7:15 PM CST
Sure looks like the Hyacinthoides hispanica that I keep digging up all over my place. The below photo shows them coming out of dormancy early in the spring. This time of the year they look your bulbs, with varying shapes and sizes. I think the variation is do the age of bulb?
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eclayne
Jul 12, 2014 7:33 PM CST

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Wouldn't Alstroemeria be unlikely by virtue of your hardiness zone? I'm only familiar with a few relatively new varieties that are z6a hardy.
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pardalinum
Jul 12, 2014 8:26 PM CST
I'm with Lynn. I was trying to figure out why they looked so familiar. The fact that they are summer dormant should exclude alstroemeria. After they bloom the foliage dies down like tulips and daffodils. They like our dry summers here.
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2014 8:54 PM CST
I have pulled and dug so many out that crittergarden's photo looked like she came here and to it. Smiling
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Leftwood
Jul 12, 2014 10:25 PM CST
You're right Lynn, the variation in your pic is probably due to age. Of course, crittergarden's bulbs are not tulips or daffodils, but Hyacinthoides is a good guess. Certainly one of the "minor" bulbs.

Thought you all might find this interesting, too - a Hyacinthoides sp. bulb I bisected. It may look a little different than the ones above, but certainly within the variability of Hyacinthoides.
Thumb of 2014-07-13/Leftwood/dd8eca

If you look close, you can see that the roots originate at the base of the center stem.
Thumb of 2014-07-13/Leftwood/434787 Thumb of 2014-07-13/Leftwood/006eb8

Roots are annual on many types of bulbs, including Hyacinthoides.
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crittergarden
Jul 13, 2014 5:34 AM CST
AHA! I'm going to guess hyacinthoids.

I wondered about the alstromeria. These were on the north side of a house atop the big hill you see in the background from all the Steelers coverage. North and WINDY! Alstromeria can grow here, some of them, but they'd need a protected south facing spot.

And now that I know the alstros bloom in summer, i do believe it's hyacinthoides.

Thank you all for your input!!

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valleylynn
Jul 13, 2014 10:46 AM CST
I look forward to seeing your bulbs bloom next spring. Hurray!
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crittergarden
Jul 14, 2014 2:25 PM CST
I bet they're pink.
Many of you know how I feel about pink.
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crittergarden
Jul 14, 2014 2:26 PM CST
But even if ALL the plants I rescued are pink, the point is that they aren't getting bulldozed!!!!
I shall share them with pinklovers.
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valleylynn
Jul 14, 2014 5:11 PM CST
Mine are a pale blue/purple.

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