Plant ID forum: Anyone recognize these bulbs?

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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 18, 2016 3:44 AM CST
I can not remember what this flower is. I had it in a pot and it never bloomed. I have several more pots of similar foliage. Can anyone recognize these roots and foliage?
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Here are some similar plants. How would you recommend storing the bulbs over winter?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 18, 2016 5:38 AM CST
Maybe... remind me of Hymenocallis, Peruvian daffodil, that I've tried for a number of years. Only one bloom in all that time, seem to need lots of food, water, or something to make them bloom. I stored them over winter wrapped in newspaper and boxed in the house.
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 18, 2016 5:59 AM CST
Thanks Sally. I am going to let them air dry and then store them in peat moss for the winter. I want to plant them directly in the ground next spring and see if they do better than they did in pots this year. I am not good at watering my container plants.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 18, 2016 6:29 AM CST
For comparison, check out some of the photos in our database for Peruvian Daffodil, (synonym Hymenocallis):
Peruvian Daffodil (Ismene narcissiflora)
Peruvian Daffodil (Ismene x deflexa)
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 18, 2016 6:50 AM CST
Thanks Lin. The foliage does look similar. Is it unusual that they did not bloom?
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 18, 2016 6:58 AM CST
LOL, someone who grows them will have to answer that question. I'm not at all familiar with the plant but maybe climate conditions had something to do with lack of blooms this past summer ... too much rain, not enough rain, not enough sun?
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 18, 2016 7:02 AM CST
Could they possibly be Tigridia? I am thinking that this is what they are. But not sure why they did not bloom for me. Hopefully, I can store the bulbs over winter. I will plant them directly in the ground when the temp is favorable.
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BUGGYCRAZY
Oct 18, 2016 8:23 AM CST
They look like Ismene, and it doesn't care to be grown in a pot, most bulbs will do much better in the real earth or a huge and very heavy pot. It is not Tigridia.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 18, 2016 10:23 AM CST
@BUGGYCRAZY Thank you. I will store the seeds over winter and see what it does next year.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 18, 2016 11:12 AM CST
For comparison:
Mexican Shell Flower (Tigridia pavonia)
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