Plant ID forum: Need an ID on this perennial

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Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
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CaliFlowers
Sep 22, 2017 3:28 PM CST
I found this growing in a landscape at the edge of the San Francisco Bay. Sword-shaped leaves and rhizomatous clumping growth habit reminiscent of Dietes iridioides, but larger, with a spike inflorescence. Leaves are about 48" tall, smooth and fairly stiff, and about 1-1/4" wide. Unknown flower shape or color. Seed pods are three-celled.

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Thanks for any help.




Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Sep 22, 2017 4:18 PM CST
could it be a texas red yucca?
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islander
Sep 22, 2017 4:33 PM CST
Doryanthes?
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Name: Thijs van Soest
Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b)
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mcvansoest
Sep 22, 2017 4:36 PM CST
I do not think it is a Texas Red Yucca - If by that you mean hesperaloe parviflora, Frank, the seed pods on those are much bigger.

The seed pods remind of Aloe seed pods, but the plant itself definitely does not look like most Aloes. Maybe a Kniphofia or a closely related species?
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Sep 22, 2017 5:51 PM CST
My first thought was that it resembled Kniphofia too; sure looks like that family of plants. One for comparison that looks similar: Cat's Tail (Bulbinella latifolia subsp. doleritica)

Edited to add another in that family that looks similar: Foxtail Lily (Eremurus)
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islander
Sep 22, 2017 6:04 PM CST
Have you looked at Doryanthes?
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Sep 22, 2017 6:15 PM CST
We have 2 Doryanthes listed in the database:
Spear Lily (Doryanthes palmeri)
Gymaea Lily (Doryanthes excelsa)
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Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
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CaliFlowers
Apr 26, 2018 4:27 PM CST
I finally made it over to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, where they have an extensive collection of plants on 'African Hill'. It wasn't in flower yet, but I can tell from all other characteristics that it's 'Aristea capitata' (syn. Aristea major).

https://www.pacificbulbsociety...

Thanks to all for the suggestions.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Apr 26, 2018 4:32 PM CST
Ken, Hurray! Glad you found the identity of that beauty! I hope you will add a few of your photos to the database: Aristea (Aristea capitata)
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