Plant ID forum: Daylily (old) with weird stalk that comes up with it. Ideas?

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Name: Archivesgirl
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Jul 3, 2017 10:51 AM CST
Hi all,
I thought someone might be able to tell me what is going on with my old daylily (it's over 15 years old). Anyway, it has always grown a shoot in the middle of it that looks like a corn stalk, for lack of a better description. I always cut it out after the daylily blooms but none of my other daylilies have done this. It is bizarre. It always comes back. It doesn't flower. Instead it has what looks like a green ear of corn that comes out. Has anyone seen this or know what it is? Thanks for any suggestions or help. Gayle PS It's like a horror movie. Thank You!
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The root is just to the right of center in the photo.

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Bonehead
Jul 3, 2017 11:27 AM CST
I would try to get this to the attention of the daylily people. You could post a query in that forum with a link to this thread, so all discussion would be at the same place. Looks pretty odd to me, but I'm only a casual daylily grower (whatever anyone gives me as surplus).
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sooby
Jul 3, 2017 11:37 AM CST
She already did post in the daylily forum Deb, it was suggested to try over here also.
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DaisyI
Jul 3, 2017 11:38 AM CST
I don't suppose you took a photo of the 'flower'? I don't think it is a daylily but something coming up in the middle of the daylily.

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Name: greene
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Jul 3, 2017 11:50 AM CST
It looks like sweet corn/maize. Wait a while and see if it develops silk and then ears.
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Name: Archivesgirl
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Archivesgirl
Jul 3, 2017 12:02 PM CST
greene said:It looks like sweet corn/maize. Wait a while and see if it develops silk and then ears.


I would agree but corn is planted every year. This comes up every year even though I have taken my small hatchet to get rid of it. I'll try and find a photo of the "flower." Gayle
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Altheabyanothername
Jul 3, 2017 4:19 PM CST
Sorry did not know which one to post on. I already left message in the daylily forum. Short version-- Could it be a crinum?

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Jul 4, 2017 6:03 AM CST
That's what I thought too, the foliage could be Crinum, and it could take several years for it to get big enough to bloom.
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Name: Archivesgirl
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Archivesgirl
Jul 4, 2017 6:25 AM CST
Thank you everyone for your input. I appreciate it. I will wait for it to get this other weird thing (not a flower, per se) on top of it later in the summer and then I'll post a photo unless I can find a photo of it on my old computer. This has been doing this for 15+years and never a colored bloom. Thanks and have a wonderful "birthday" however you celebrate the birth of our nation. Gayle
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ScotTi
Jul 4, 2017 7:09 AM CST
You may have a Arundo donax (Giant Reed) mixed in with your Daylily.
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crawgarden
Jul 4, 2017 8:52 AM CST
Any description of the weird thing on top?
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Name: Archivesgirl
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Archivesgirl
Jul 18, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Hi, I promised to post a photo of the ever growing "corn stalk" ( for lack of a better description) "bloom" when it happened. I have had this day lily for 15+ years and every year THIS STALK comes up in the same spot. I even dug the plant up and moved it across state when I moved. Every year it comes up. This year I let it grow more but it has had the "bloom" on it before. This year it LOOKS LIKE CORN SILK on the lower stalk. HOW can that be when it is ALWAYS in the same spot on the day lily year in and year out? Here are the photos:


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Thanks, Gayle PS It is a perennial so it doesn't make sense to me.

Name: stone
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stone
Jul 18, 2017 10:14 AM CST
If you have perennial corn... Please, please save the seed!

That said, sure looks like corn.
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porkpal
Jul 18, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Looks like corn to me too. There may even be an ear developing!
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sooby
Jul 18, 2017 11:19 AM CST
There is a perennial relative/ancestor of corn called teosinte, I don't know what the chances are of that finding its way into a daylily though...

http://maize.uga.edu/index.php...
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Jul 18, 2017 2:30 PM CST

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Name: stone
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stone
Jul 20, 2017 3:13 PM CST
They have perennial corn...

http://www.nytimes.com/1982/02...

No seed source mentioned...
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porkpal
Jul 20, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Cool!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 20, 2017 6:21 PM CST
I agree Teosinte
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Name: Archivesgirl
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Archivesgirl
Jul 20, 2017 7:40 PM CST
@Stone, I think you're right. I looked at some of the photos online and the teosinte looks like it. Gee, now I want to get the seeds. Soon. Thanks! Gayle

I agree Thank You!

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