Plant ID forum: I can't identify a flower that I used to have, but died long ago.

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Chicago, Illinois
alithoma
Jul 18, 2017 3:45 PM CST
Ok I didn't take a picture of it though I loved it. My drawing is not that good, but I really want to know what this plant is. I got it at Home Depot years ago.

This is what I know:
1) The leaves and root system looked like a small version of a common orange daylily.
2) no leaves or secondary stems on the single green stem that was strong and straight and held the flower (5-7 inches)
3) one flower head per stem (2-3 inches)
4) The main flower was white and had 6 or so "pockets" all around it on the side. I don't remember exactly what the white flower looked like was it was only an inch or two and was a bit pitiful.
5) i think that either the green pockets were made from the white flower that was green towards the base of the flower OR if the pockets were somehow on the thalamus or the sepal
6) each pocket held about a tsp of water and was pretty open (I could see in them) and grew one violet-looking purple flower (1/2 inch) at a time
7) The white flower stayed alive, but the small purple flowers would die and detach, but remain in the pocket wilting until it was almost nothing.
8)before the large flower could even shed the dead purple flower, another bud would be growing. It was like a chain-smoker, one after the other. Or it may have been similar to when children's teeth fall out of their mouths because a new one is coming in.
9) I don't remember it having a scent.
10) I feel like at one point I thought the name of it began with a C.
11) I have a very very small idea that it may be a type of Bromeliad.

I will be so so happy if someone figures this out!

Thanks!


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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 18, 2017 4:02 PM CST
Sounds like a Curcuma ginger aka Siam Tulip to me. I had the exact ones you're describing, with the white flower bracts, and tiny purple flowers inside the cups. Have to search back a few years for my pictures, hope this is it?

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Frillylily
Jul 18, 2017 4:10 PM CST


anything like this at all?
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jul 18, 2017 4:11 PM CST
Elaine that is beautiful ! Lovey dubby
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 18, 2017 4:13 PM CST
Thanks, I thought of Tillandsia too, but not sure if they come in white. Mine have all been pink/blue like yours.
Elaine

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Frillylily
Jul 18, 2017 4:31 PM CST
oh, I just found that and thought maybe there are white versions. Maybe not though. I don't know anything about these
types of flowers.
Name: greene
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greene
Jul 18, 2017 5:43 PM CST
The description and drawing made me think of hidden lily, Curcuma.
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Chicago, Illinois
alithoma
Jul 19, 2017 8:41 AM CST
That is it!! The curcuma!! You all are amazing! I think I might try to find and buy that other one, too! Hurray! Hurray! Thank You!

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