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Name: sy
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syzone8aUK
Sep 10, 2016 1:26 PM CST
Anyone know what these are? The owner thought they where weeds and tried to kill them with bleach! Could the one on the left be a hosta? It had a huge clump at ground level and this was the only growth left! There's a slight yellow/white variegation on the leaves.
The one on the right may be invasive because they are popping up everywhere in that garden but I like it! Its leaves are quite strong almost plastic..ish they are folded in the center and folded again near the edges, kinda like a.. W
Its getting dark now but I can take some closeups tomorrow if needed.

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Name: Dave Paul
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Metrosideros
Sep 10, 2016 1:50 PM CST
Plant on the right maybe a Spathoglottis Orchid.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 10, 2016 2:01 PM CST
Hi syzone8aUK, Welcome!

The one on the left does resemble Hostas (Hosta)

The one on the right I'm not sure; it reminds me of a few different plants but I don't know what would be hardy in your area of the world ... time will tell what you have, once you get blooms!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 10, 2016 2:03 PM CST
It seems unlikely to me that a tropical orchid would be popping up everywhere in an Irish garden. They do look similar though.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 10, 2016 2:07 PM CST
The Bletilla and the Phaius are both from temperate climates.
Sy, assuming you potted them, did the one on the right have any type of bulb?
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 10, 2016 5:30 PM CST
@ctcarol, I just learned recently (and was quite surprised) that Bletilla are hardy to zone 6a and I think it gets quite cold in that zone.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 10, 2016 5:45 PM CST
Yes, Bletilla and Phaius both grow well in the colder climates. The Spathoglottis , however is tropical. They do well in Florida.
Name: Feng Xiao Long
Bogor, Java, Indonesia (Zone 13a)
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XiaoLong
Sep 11, 2016 9:16 AM CST
Plant on the right looks like a pandan (Pandanus) Smiling
Name: sy
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syzone8aUK
Sep 11, 2016 3:57 PM CST
Thanks everyone. No bulbs carol! It seems hardy.. there's lots of new one's popping up along side the weeds. I checked the stem..ish parts and they feel triangular, could it be Carex sylvatica. ?
http://www.irishwildflowers.ie/pages-sedge/s-11.html wood sedge

Got more pictures today:

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 11, 2016 4:12 PM CST
For comparison, some images of Carex roots: https://www.google.com/search?q=Carex+sylvatica+root+images&...
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 11, 2016 6:53 PM CST
Well, that eliminates Bletilla. I don't know about the other two orchids that were suggested.
Name: sy
Northern Ireland (Zone 8a)
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syzone8aUK
Sep 12, 2016 5:19 AM CST
You're search is dropping the carex tag lin its givin you images of fagus sylvativa roots! A native beech tree in northern ireland!
I didnt see many pictures but the description says carex sylvatica has short rhizomes and fibrous roots. They are in the cyperaceae family and there are 90 species of carex in N.Ireland.. most are native.
I'll keep looking. I've took some pics of the little ones popping up!

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Edit: it does look like pandan pandanus feng.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 12, 2016 7:41 AM CST
That's weird, when I click on this link I get images of Carex grass roots, not Fagus: https://www.google.com/search?q=Carex+sylvatica+root+images&...

Lets see if this one works, more root images of carex roots: https://www.google.com/search?q=Carex+root+images&biw=1263&b...
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 12, 2016 7:47 AM CST
I don't know if Mondo grass grows in your part of the world but if not Pandanus, maybe a variety of Ophiopogon? http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Ophiopogon&button...
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Name: sy
Northern Ireland (Zone 8a)
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syzone8aUK
Sep 12, 2016 11:53 AM CST
Thanks lin i see the carex roots. ophiopogon has came up a few times so has spiderplant! Theres so many possibilities and without a bloom reference I'm goin in circles.

Like you said lin "time will tell"
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Name: sy
Northern Ireland (Zone 8a)
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syzone8aUK
Nov 9, 2016 6:45 AM CST
Just thought I'd update this post since I may have made a mistake! I mentioned that it had a triangular stem! I just realised that the id'ing of grass/sedge/reid by stem is referring to the flower stalk!
Lets see if I can explain what I have!
It seems to be climbing ontop of itself! So far its only putting out leaves in 3 directions and the leaves are folded in the center and its giving the stem part a hollow triangular form!
I can wait till it blooms for an id I just wanted to update the post with a few new pics!
I've now got about 8 pups forming around the base, about 4 good sized ones and the rest just emerging.

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Name: Feng Xiao Long
Bogor, Java, Indonesia (Zone 13a)
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XiaoLong
Nov 11, 2016 11:33 PM CST
Hi Sy.
I search for Carex sylvatica as you mentioned before. Yes, the folding leaves look similar. Wish it flower soon so we can sure what this mysterious plant is Smiling

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