Plant ID forum: Weed or flower?

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Lawrence, Kansas
Mygardensarha
Feb 26, 2017 10:20 PM CST
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I thought the plants pictured above were some type of flower, but now, I am not so sure. The unknowns are everywhere, as you can see, especially in one of my raised vegetable garden boxes. Last year I tried to pull them multiple times with no success. I surrendered, and trimmed their pointy leaves every week or two instead. I have a couple of well established Iris near this veggy box..so when it looked similar I surmised the unknown plants might be Iris. Honestly? I don't really know what they are, but at this point, it seems like a veggy box take over. I plan on starting other flower garden plots this spring and wasn't sure if I should Attempt (capital A on purpose there) to transplant or mean to kill. Please help! Located in NE Kansas.
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The unknown plants' leaves untrimmed from last July.

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Finally had some time to fully dig up one section, maybe this will help to ID!

Some new pictures of the root system:

thank you for the help so far!

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 27, 2017 10:29 AM CST

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DaisyI
Feb 27, 2017 7:16 PM CST
They might be Crocosmia.
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tofitropic
Feb 28, 2017 12:51 AM CST
They look like some kind of Yucca or agave, though I cant see clear.
Lawrence, Kansas
Mygardensarha
Mar 3, 2017 7:10 PM CST
I have finally had some time! So I dug up the some of the unknown plant entirely. Keep in mind, I think the vegetable boxes were planted over the top of them a while back.

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Name: greene
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greene
Mar 3, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Could this be a type of Iris?
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Lawrence, Kansas
Mygardensarha
Mar 3, 2017 9:55 PM CST
That is what I thought initially but do they form root systems? Going to be nicer to the next bunch tomorrow to see if it is a system or not.
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Calif_Sue
Mar 3, 2017 10:17 PM CST

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Doesn't look like an iris to me. Shrug!
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dave
Mar 4, 2017 8:35 AM CST

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The growth pattern is exactly how agaves spread.
Lawrence, Kansas
Mygardensarha
Mar 4, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Thank You! for the help so far! Here are a few more pictures:

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Name: stone
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stone
Mar 6, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Agree that the root systems look like yucca.
At my house, the native yucca have stabby leaves....
Kinda undesirable...
There are some nice ones out west with soft leaves.
google hesperaloe parviflora.... And if that is what you have.... Send them to me!
Lawrence, Kansas
Mygardensarha
Mar 7, 2017 12:15 AM CST
stone said:
There are some nice ones out west with soft leaves.
google hesperaloe parviflora.... And if that is chat you have.... Send them to me!

The main difference I see when looking up hesperaloe parviflora is the leaves, part of the reason I initially thought it was iris was due to the leaf thickness. Thin leaves. The pictures I saw seemed to have had thick leaves. But the stray yellowing stringy pieces is the same. Also haven't seen any flowers but was cutting them off all season as well. Still have all the roots... More than willing to send them.

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