Plant ID forum: Mystery white flower

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Name: Joshua
Greenville SC (Zone 8a)
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woodenman12
Jan 13, 2016 5:03 PM CST
Can anyone identify this plant? It has white pearl shaped flower. I think it's a perennial
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 13, 2016 5:49 PM CST
My eyes aren't cooperating very well right now so this is a guess but I wonder if it could be Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum)? There are a few listed in the database: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Polygonatum/
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 7:37 AM CST
I was thinking of the False Solomon's Seal/Maianthemum racemosum . Just a guess on my part.
Was the photo taken at a botanical garden?
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plantladylin
Jan 14, 2016 9:01 AM CST
@greene, Good eye ... with the more erect flower stems, it does look more like False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jan 14, 2016 9:18 AM CST
I'm doubting though I am not familiar with this plant..
I've pointed out some elements that don't seem to agree with False Solomon's Seal
The leaves appear to grow in whorls not alternate..
The flower stem branches out..
The berries look to be dark blue..
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 12:37 PM CST
Yep, I said mine was only a guess. Hope we discover the identity of this one because it looks like a keeper.
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Name: Joshua
Greenville SC (Zone 8a)
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woodenman12
Jan 14, 2016 2:05 PM CST
Hey I looked at the comparisons of the false solomons and it's not that. The stem is very thick and fleshy
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Here's another pic of it. It is definitely s keeper that I took some cuttings of it at the garden. It produces spires of white flower in summer
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 2:24 PM CST
woodenman12 said:... I took some cuttings of it at the garden.


At which garden? Was this a botanical garden, or someone's private garden? It may help to narrow down the possibilities.

Also, you say it blooms in the summer. So are these photos from a couple of months ago or is the plant currently in bloom.



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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Jan 14, 2016 2:53 PM CST
Looks somewhat familiar. I wonder if it's a variety of Lysimachia?
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JRsbugs
Jan 15, 2016 7:43 PM CST
The leaves overlap on a pseudostem like Zingiberaceae.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zingiberaceae

The flowers are terminal, similar to Globba.

There's a lot of species ..

http://www.golatofski.de/Pflanzenreich/gattung/g/globba.html

Look at the photo in the right column by Tony Rudd, labelled "Globba?"

http://picssr.com/tags/globba/page4

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JRsbugs
Jan 15, 2016 7:56 PM CST
The last link isn't available now, but I found the same photo on flickr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_rodd/6143807484/in/photol...
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 15, 2016 8:22 PM CST
Which of these Globba plants might have the blue colored seed pods?

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 16, 2016 1:49 PM CST
In some pictures the leaves of Pollia japonica look close, not quite so much in others. It does have white flower spikes and blue berries. What do you all think - Google pics of Pollia japonica:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=pollia+japonica&client=safari...

Also this page of foliage pics that do look close:
http://www.fpcn.net/a/caobenhuahui/20130722/Pollia_japonica....
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jan 16, 2016 2:39 PM CST
Yes!!!! The flowers are arranged in whorls along the stem, it all looks correct. Thumbs up

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=2...

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/FullImage...

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Name: Joshua
Greenville SC (Zone 8a)
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woodenman12
Jan 16, 2016 4:26 PM CST
Yes that's it! Thank you! Hurray!
Name: Sue
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sooby
Jan 17, 2016 6:58 AM CST
Great! It's a nice looking plant, and according to the websites hardier than it looks. Only downside, according to one of Janet's links, is that it may be invasive.
Name: Joshua
Greenville SC (Zone 8a)
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woodenman12
Jan 17, 2016 8:42 AM CST
Yes when I was in the garden it was sending some rhizome into the mulched path so I did a little maintenance/cuttings :)

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