Irises forum: Is this some form of Iris?

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Name: Peggy
Belleville, NJ (June-Dec) & Po (Zone 6a)
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PeggyB
Aug 16, 2016 12:24 PM CST
I was given a couple of these plants by my brother, who told me it was a form of iris? Can anyone verify this for me and tell me exactly what it is? I always treated it like a weed....:( Thanks!!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 16, 2016 12:39 PM CST
Hi Peggy and Welcome! ! The picture doesn't expand too much but it looks like spider wart to me. I don't think it's related to irises. I could be wrong, I have been wrong one time before. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 16, 2016 12:43 PM CST
Can you post a larger picture? Thanks
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 16, 2016 12:50 PM CST
I think Tom is right. Spider wort seeds itself around the garden here too and can get a little weedy sometimes.
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Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Boxergirl
Aug 16, 2016 3:39 PM CST
I agree with tom and Neil, Looks like spider wart to me.

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iciris
Aug 16, 2016 3:42 PM CST
I think we're to dry here, I've never had them reseed.
Name: Peggy
Belleville, NJ (June-Dec) & Po (Zone 6a)
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PeggyB
Aug 16, 2016 3:48 PM CST
Thank you, all! I think it is spider wort. I heard someone say that once before but didn't remember what they said, DUH! lol Is that related to the iris family? I'll have to check. I didn't really like them at first, but they're "growing" on me......I put them in random areas that aren't really part of the garden, but where I needed "filler".
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Aug 16, 2016 4:56 PM CST
@PeggyB

Peggy, I adore your avatar photograph. Look at those faces...
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 17, 2016 4:59 AM CST
The symmetry and veining made me think it could be in the iris family, but its actually family Commelinaceae.

We've had a lot of rain the last couple of summers and I think that's why I'm seeing more seedlings around. Otherwise they've been pretty well behaved garden plants. During dryer summers they usually go dormant in mid summer, which I like- rather than a non blooming plant taking up space I often set a pot of annuals in the spot.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 17, 2016 6:57 AM CST
When mine go dormant I cut them off and they grow back and start blooming again. I don't like how they look when they go dormant.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 17, 2016 8:16 AM CST
I think the heat keeps them from bouncing back here, although its usually drier in summer, so could be the extra rain we've gotten has kept them going. They are ugly when dormant, so I cut them back to the ground when they get ugly and they don't seem to mind.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Aug 17, 2016 10:05 AM CST
The slugs 'helped' me cut them back to the ground this year, same with the Polemoniums next to them, so now I just have a bare patch in that border. Thumbs down The positive spin on this is that the Forget-me-nots, which self-seed throughout that border have room to grow and will look great next spring. Thumbs up
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Name: Peggy
Belleville, NJ (June-Dec) & Po (Zone 6a)
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PeggyB
Aug 17, 2016 2:28 PM CST
Thank you, Debra! The "three amigos" are all my daughter's rescue dogs - spoiled rotten, and loved like crazy! Currently, the big babies are living in Anchorage, while my son-in-law is in the Army. Hopefully, home to the lower 48 sometime within a year. :)
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Aug 17, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Welcome! @ Peggyb

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iciris
Aug 17, 2016 5:35 PM CST
Peggy, thank your son-in-law for his service to our nation. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Aug 17, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Many thanks to him from here also. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Aug 17, 2016 7:24 PM CST
I agree with the above posts, Peggy, and add a I tip my hat to you. to your daughter for rescuing those three guys.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Aug 17, 2016 9:18 PM CST
I agree
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 18, 2016 6:54 AM CST
I'm agreeing with the I tip my hat to you. for the service to our nation -- and for rescuing dogs!! I tip my hat to you. for that one too. Smiling

Lilly - I Lovey dubby Forget-me-Nots. Is there a prettier shade of blue in all of plant-land? Smiling
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Aug 19, 2016 9:48 AM CST
I Lovey dubby them too! I let them self-sow everywhere and just move the ones that are in the way!

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They were one of my grandmother's favorite flowers, so they came with the garden in great numbers! Hurray!
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