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LeppFan83
Sep 19, 2017 8:00 AM CST
This is a bulb type plant. The bulb itself is typically about the diameter of a 25ยข coin (US) or smaller. The light to dark green leaves are sort of (upside-down) heart shaped. Personally I haven't seen them grow any taller than about 6-8 inches. When the plant is happy and healthy the leaves feel sort of velvety. A couple of times a year the bulbs will all bloom at the same time. It produces a tall, flimsy stalk with small blooms at the top. These bulbs are very hardy and seem to be able to grow in less than perfect conditions.
I originally received 4 of these bulbs and within 2-3 years had over 60. Now, 2-3 years later even still and I have over 200 bulbs. They multiply very rapidly! They would make good ground cover in a controlled space. If left to grow with no boundaries I could see them being very invasive!
I believe I was told that these originated in Africa. This may or may not be true.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Sep 21, 2017 6:02 AM CST
Could you post a picture of the plant, its hard to tell from your pictures what it may be, I have a feeling it may be in the Hosta family

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West Palm Beach, Florida
LeppFan83
Sep 21, 2017 7:04 AM CST
There are three photos with my post. These are the best I have at the moment. I have just re-potted them so they aren't in tip-top shape at the moment. When they brighten up, and possibly bloom, I will take photos of the plant at it's best. Thanks for taking the time to look and reply.
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crawgarden
Sep 21, 2017 8:43 AM CST
Could you describe the flower, color what it looks like.
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West Palm Beach, Florida
LeppFan83
Sep 21, 2017 8:59 AM CST
It's been a while since I've seen it flower. But if I remember correctly it sends up a flimsy stalk about 4-6 inches. Then at the top it 'blooms' with small white 'flowers'. I put it in quotes because they aren't really flowers - maybe buds? Not sure how to describe them. I wish I had a photo but I don't at this time. Hopefully soon.
They all tend to 'flower' at the same time. The stalks sort of wiggle around in the breeze. Then the stalk dies off until the next time. The 'flowering' doesn't seem to effect the plant in any other way. It retains it's leaves and looks normal until the next bloom.
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Zencat
Sep 21, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Could they be elephant ears? Alocasia? Just guessing. Shrug!
West Palm Beach, Florida
LeppFan83
Sep 21, 2017 9:24 AM CST
Thank you. But most definitely not elephant ears.
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LeppFan83
Sep 21, 2017 9:29 AM CST
And I can see a similarity in the leaf structure to the Hosta family. But I found no images that resemble my plant. Again, my plant is relatively small. The photo of the two that I am holding in my hand is a good representation of their size. They don't get bigger than that really. Thank You!
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purpleinopp
Sep 21, 2017 12:24 PM CST
Possible Alisma.
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CaliFlowers
Sep 21, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Possibly some sort of Asarum.
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islander
Sep 21, 2017 5:21 PM CST
Without a bloom, I don't think this will be ID'd.
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tofitropic
Sep 21, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Looks like Drimiopsis maculata to me, some can have plain leaves, some with dark spots.
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LeppFan83
Sep 21, 2017 6:54 PM CST
DING DING DING!! That's exactly what it is! Looked up photos online and that's it!! Drimiopsis maculata. THANK YOU tofitropic!!! Thank You! Hurray!
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tofitropic
Sep 21, 2017 7:30 PM CST
Welcome, glad if I can help.
West Palm Beach, Florida
LeppFan83
Sep 21, 2017 8:22 PM CST
Christine said:Could you post a picture of the plant, its hard to tell from your pictures what it may be, I have a feeling it may be in the Hosta family

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Credit to Christine. It's also known as African false hosta.

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