Plant ID forum: Help please?

Views: 427, Replies: 17 » Jump to the end
Victoria, BC (Zone 9a)
Mya
Mar 30, 2016 10:46 PM CST
Anyone know what this is? I found it in some tall grass by the road.


Thumb of 2016-03-31/Mya/88d972


Thumb of 2016-03-31/Mya/cf1700

Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
There's a place of quiet rest !
Image
Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 30, 2016 11:05 PM CST
Mya it look like Spanish Bluebells to me.
robinseeds.com
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Suga
Mar 30, 2016 11:43 PM CST
Yes that's what they are Spanish Bluebells. I have them growing in my yard as well.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Mar 31, 2016 7:57 AM CST
I agree, those lovely blooms appear to be the Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Region: California Hummingbirder Farmer
Daylilies Cat Lover Bulbs Butterflies Birds Garden Ideas: Level 1
Calsurf73
Mar 31, 2016 9:27 AM CST
Definitely Hyacinthoides hispanica. aka Spanish Bluebells.
You don't list where you live, but if they're growing along a roadside, you should dig some up (when the foliage starts to turn yellow after they bloom...) and plant them in your garden. They multiply very fast.
I have lots of them and love them. They'll grow in sun OR shade.
In addition, since you found them growing "wild" that would indicate that you could leave them in the ground all year and not have to dig them up. They'll bloom again nest spring.
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Annuals Garden Photography Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cactus and Succulents Butterflies Birds Bee Lover
Image
kniphofia
Mar 31, 2016 9:52 AM CST
I would advise against digging up any plant from the wild.

These Spanish "interlopers" are a very real threat to our own native bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) here in the UK.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Mar 31, 2016 10:54 AM CST
I don't think Mya dug up the bluebell. She saw it and was curious.

I assumed that Mya lived in the U.S. someplace. Mya, could you update you profile so we know where you are? It would help us to help you.

I don't think there is a native bluebell in the U.S. although I have seen H. non-scripta for sale here. So non-scripta is growing somewhere in the U.S.

Sue, thank you for throwing in a different perspective. I planted Spanish Bluebells in California and by the time we left, 30 years later, they covered about 1/2 an acre. I loved them so much that I planted them in my garden here in Reno also.

Daisy
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
sooby
Mar 31, 2016 11:01 AM CST
Mya is locatated on Vancouver Island, Canada, according to another thread.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Mar 31, 2016 11:27 AM CST
I found the following when googling for Vancouver Hyacinthoides.
http://www.canadaplants.ca/display.php?id=1210

This link lists three species of Hyacinthoides and gives a map that you can click to see the area of distribution for each variety.
http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/DB_Query/QueryForm.aspx?__VIEWSTAT...

~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Suga
Mar 31, 2016 2:27 PM CST
It could also be an old homestead as well. Just another thought
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Mar 31, 2016 3:29 PM CST
That's a thought Suga. There are some great plants hiding out in old homesteads. My best ever find was Asparagus asparagoides - African asparagus fern. According to Calflora, its invasive and that would be true. But they also say it's never been found in Stanislaus Co, CA. Obviously, they aren't looking.

Daisy
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Suga
Apr 1, 2016 12:01 AM CST
Thumbs up
Name: Peggy C
Graham NC USA (Zone 7b)
hand drumming with friends
Region: North Carolina Butterflies Irises Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
PeggyC
Apr 2, 2016 1:19 PM CST
We have these in blue, pink and in white .... they came with our home.

Peggy
North Carolina
Central part of the State

Thumb of 2016-04-02/PeggyC/08030c

Depending on who I talk to - these are either Hyacinths or Spanish Bluebells .. anyhow, they are pretty
Live !

This isn't a dress-rehearsal ~
[Last edited by PeggyC - Apr 24, 2016 4:59 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1103938 (13)
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Apr 2, 2016 6:29 PM CST
I planted only blue but over the years, pink and white started showing up. Here is a photo - 30 years of Spanish Bluebells. This is one section; they went all the way to the house (several hundred feet that way).
Thumb of 2016-04-03/DaisyI/f162a0

Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Region: California Hummingbirder Farmer
Daylilies Cat Lover Bulbs Butterflies Birds Garden Ideas: Level 1
Calsurf73
Apr 2, 2016 6:38 PM CST
Originally. I bought just the blue ones. They grow to about 18" in height.
Then I bought some pinks and whites and they only top out at about 6" darn it !
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Apr 2, 2016 7:28 PM CST
All mine were about 12 inches no matter the color. I wonder why your pink and white ones were shorter? Mine were just slowly changing color - when allowing your plants to do their own thing (growing from seed), its no telling what you will end up with.
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Region: California Hummingbirder Farmer
Daylilies Cat Lover Bulbs Butterflies Birds Garden Ideas: Level 1
Calsurf73
Apr 2, 2016 10:46 PM CST
I'd love to know that answer to that myself.
My pink and white ones are blooming right now. I have to lay down on the ground to see the flowers ! lol
I don't remember where I ordered them from. It was years ago, pre-computer days. Whoever it was, they actually called me on the phone and said they'd ship them to me but that they probably wouldn't grow very well here. They did multiply like crazy, though.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
Image
Leftwood
Apr 4, 2016 9:15 AM CST
With plants, it is not uncommon for seemingly unrelated characteristics to be linked in their DNA. For instance, wild male Kentucky Coffee trees are tall and lanky, while female trees are a bit shorter, wider growing and fully branched. So one explanation might be that white and pink color expressions are linked to smaller overall plant size (or some other characteristic that causes shorter growth).

Being of horticultural standing, though, this may or may not be the case here. Given that there is wide hybridization of Hyacinthoides in horticulture, it's difficult to say whether Calsurf's and Dasyl's are indeed the exact same true species. Comparing their respective outcomes might not be so telling. There are (minimally) two more explanations.

The particular plant clones that Calsurf bought may have just been variations in the species that genetically programmed to grow shorter and taller. In other words, that's just the way they are. (Different from the first example as there would be no DNA linking here.) Or perhaps the white and pink versions were previously infected with a virus or virus-like organism(s) that is keeping them shorter. Viruses do not always kill, and in fact more often live in commune with the host plant.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Plant ID forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by nativeplantlover and is called "Bumble Veronica Pink"