Plant ID forum: Mystery plant - has a rhizome

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Name: Joshua
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Australis
Jan 28, 2017 9:03 PM CST

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Hi all,

I received this plant from a family member unexpectedly (they dug it straight out of their front garden). I potted it up as soon as I got home, but I don't know what it is and it appears to be declining (all the leaves were initially healthy). It has a rhizome, which is covered (didn't think to take a photo of it at the time) as per how it was in my relative's garden bed.

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Any thoughts on what it may be and how best to care for it? Thanks.
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DaisyI
Jan 28, 2017 10:29 PM CST
It looks like Solomon's Seal. And they grow from rhizomes.
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Name: Feng Xiao Long
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XiaoLong
Jan 28, 2017 10:50 PM CST
Agree. Looks like solomon seal. But also seem similar to Gloriosa to me. Confused

Edit : is the plants left on the family garden climbing ? Or non climbing ?
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Jan 28, 2017 10:55 PM CST
I agree.....Polygonotum which is also called Soloman's Seal.. I grow it as a companion plant with my Hostas as it likes similar conditions here.. They like broken shade, moist soil, organic matter.......they can make a big clump and have interesting bell like flowers.
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Name: Joshua
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Australis
Jan 28, 2017 11:07 PM CST

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Thanks everyone for the replies.

XiaoLong said:Edit : is the plants left on the family garden climbing ? Or non climbing ?


I don't remember seeing a mature one, but I'll call and ask.
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sooby
Jan 29, 2017 6:06 AM CST
The stems look a little zig-zaggy, so might be worth comparing with Maianthemum, e.g.



The difference is easier when they flower, and I think the rhizome would look different too.
Name: Joshua
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Australis
Jan 30, 2017 3:33 AM CST

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I have been able to get a few more details. It's not climbing and has a white flower, probably from the end of the stem. So that makes it more likely to be the False Solomon's Seal, I gather.
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sooby
Jan 30, 2017 6:26 AM CST
Yes because "true" Solomon's Seal would have little bell flowers along the stem while false Solomon's Seal has all the flowers at the top of the stem.
Name: Joshua
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Australis
Feb 2, 2017 7:55 PM CST

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Thanks. If it flowers and isn't what is expected, I'll reopen this thread.
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