Plant ID forum: What grass is this? (In the top-center of the pot)

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Name: Hugz
Colorado Springs (Zone 5b)
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Saltofgrain
Jul 25, 2017 2:36 PM CST
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Hey everyone I'm new to both this site and gardening in general. I bought a petunia on clearance at Walmart yesterday, replanted it and cleaned it up nice. I don't want to kill the grass in the center so any help in identifying this particular grass would be greatly appreciated! Smiling
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Name: Susan
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Muddy1
Jul 25, 2017 8:39 PM CST
I have no idea what the grass is, but I don't think you could go wrong by watering it whenever you water the petunias.
Unlike the petunias, it might possibly survive the winter. Hope that helps.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 25, 2017 9:11 PM CST
I saw one of these on the clearance table at Home Depot this afternoon. It even had red petunias. I wondered about the 'grass' but did not recognize it. I wish I had paid better attention....
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 26, 2017 6:34 AM CST
Cordyline indivisa (not a grass) is used as "spikes", or "dracaena spikes" as they're called, in containers.

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jul 26, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Also C. australis:
Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis)
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Hamwild
Sep 3, 2018 5:02 PM CST
May I ask how to tell the difference between Cordyline australis and C. indivisa (seeing as both were suggested as the ID)?
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Sep 4, 2018 9:25 AM CST
I am not sure Song of Joy's pic is in the right place.

New Zealand Plant Conservation Network, MOBOT, and RHS describe a plant with very long and relatively wide leaves:
http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_...
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https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/...

An interesting article I haven't had time to finish reading yet:
http://www.palmsociety.org/mem...
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Hamwild
Sep 4, 2018 9:40 AM CST
Okay, that helps clear up some confusion I had. Big Grin
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sooby
Sep 4, 2018 10:02 AM CST
Cordyline/Dracaena indivisa would look different as a small plant though, assuming the ID of those commonly sold as "spikes" is correct:

https://www.provenwinners.com/...
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Hamwild
Sep 4, 2018 10:14 AM CST
Okay, I'm confused again. Sighing!
Name: Sue
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sooby
Sep 4, 2018 10:24 AM CST
Hamwild said:Okay, I'm confused again. Sighing!


Well as some of the articles say, C. australis is commonly sold as C. Indivisa so who knows. Why do you need to be able to tell the difference, if I might ask?

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purpleinopp
Sep 4, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Just because a name has been on a label for years does not make it right. Portulaca umbraticola was sold labeled P. oleracea for decades. I thought the article at Palm Society explained the history of the confusion well.
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Hamwild
Sep 4, 2018 10:34 AM CST
sooby said:

Well as some of the articles say, C. australis is commonly sold as C. Indivisa so who knows. Why do you need to be able to tell the difference, if I might ask?



I bought one myself and wanted to add it to my list of plants (and add a picture to the database), but I'm notorious for putting pictures under the wrong names, so I wanted to be sure that I'm correct this time around. Big Grin
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purpleinopp
Sep 4, 2018 10:40 AM CST
The two species sound easy to distinguish, once one realizes how different they are at the most basic level of their appearance, width & length of leaves.
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