Plant ID forum: Looks kinda like an iris

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Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
Feb 5, 2018 9:28 PM CST
Found this plant in a area with puddles of water. It reminds me of an iris but it could be something completely different. I've never ran into this plant before. It's early February and north Carolinas early spring bulbs are growing already here. Please help I'd this mystery plant.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 5, 2018 9:33 PM CST
Welcome!

I think Iris is a safe place to start with an ID.
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Calsurf73
Feb 6, 2018 7:59 AM CST
Most likely Louisiana Iris.
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plantladylin
Feb 6, 2018 8:17 AM CST
Were they located in a natural area? One wetland type found in N.C. is Species Iris (Iris virginica)

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Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
Feb 6, 2018 6:53 PM CST
I dug some irises yesterday and thought it might be fun to show
comparisons in their roots & rhizomes.

The first one is a Louisiana Iris called "My Friend Dick". Just look
at the growth that can occur in just one season! This is probably
THE MOST vigorous Louisiana I've grown to date.

The second one is an Iris x robusta "Cast Ashore". The sheer
quantity of roots makes it hard to clean for shipping. I'm guessing
the root production was a sign it was happy?

The third one is Iris virginica var. shrevei. Unfortunately the
photo does not quite convey j

I found this on a website I'm still not sure but this is a good start I appreciate the help. They were found near a natural wet land but I think there may of been a home their a long time ago. So it's very possible a human planted them their. I will post another picture of some other ones I found their. They r the same kind but much larger and may help us be more certain of the type. This is fun sharing my love of plants and getting feed back. I adore this forum


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pirl
Feb 6, 2018 6:57 PM CST
Cal Surf/Mike is right. Mayflowers does have a Louisiana iris.
Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Feb 6, 2018 11:29 PM CST
Another option will be Sweet flag, Acorus sp, like A. calamus, or A americanus
Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
Feb 7, 2018 6:11 PM CST
I noticed in center of rhizome has red
Name: Ian McBeth
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SonoveShakespeare
Feb 9, 2018 3:36 PM CST
Courtney, to me the rhizomes you described were red might of been because they were still wet. Sometimes with orange-brown roots, (like daylilies) look red when you get them wet or soak them in water. I also noticed that the rhizomes had a shiny flake like texture, which may indicate that the rhizomes may be or may not be getting new layers. With my past experience with irises, I never tried growing them in water (even though some like to grow in water) or never seen flaky layers like that. Blinking

Anyways, Welcome! to the iris forum! Smiling
Name: Ian McBeth
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SonoveShakespeare
Feb 9, 2018 3:42 PM CST
Or the shiny flaky layers could mean that the rhizomes have been soaking in water for a long time and are starting to loose some of their layers.
Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
Feb 9, 2018 8:07 PM CST
They were located in area that is right beside wetland, in a shallow area with water. I posted pics of the root that I just took after cutting into it, it's been five days since digging up. It's definitely red. Its similar to the color u see inside a rare steak.Weird!
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Name: Ian McBeth
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SonoveShakespeare
Feb 10, 2018 10:14 AM CST
Oh, never mind. When you mentioned that the rhizome was red, I didn't think about the inside being red. I thought of the outer center of the rhizome. But yeah, it does look like a steak. I may do some more research today about what you found. In the meaning time, stay tuned to your tree mail here on the this site. I may tree mail you if I find results of your red rhizome.

(Here's my suggestion about that iris you found. Plant it in a space outside around your home, and when it blooms, you can always look up the bloom of the iris. Or even ask one of us about the bloom, then you'll know.)
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tofitropic
Feb 11, 2018 12:09 AM CST
Shallow water dweller, pinkish rhizome, pinkish-redish basal of leaves are consistent with acorus, I suspect A americanus, but need more of leaves signature and also flower to confirm ID, (although I have no idea if there are iris species (or other bog plants) that has pink rhizome).
if you can post Pict of the plant in it's natural in late spring or summer will be better, since transplanted plant will rarely bloom first year.
Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
Feb 11, 2018 2:01 AM CST
It's definitely a acorus. After u and another person suggested it I look it up. I found some pics that look just like my plants. I'll post them below for comparison. I had no idea there was a plant that looked very similar to iris. I was hoping it was iris but this seemed to be a cool, medical plant. Thank-you all for sharing your wisdom. I've enjoyed talking with y'all.
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Thank You! Thank You!
Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
Feb 14, 2018 6:11 PM CST
After doing more reading about the red inside the rhizome I discovered a pic of yellow flag with the same color inside. I'll post pic below. Acorus is white inside rhizome, so I'm hoping that people that said water iris are correct.
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Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
Feb 14, 2018 6:14 PM CST
What's your thought, as I know were also on here to learn.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 14, 2018 7:19 PM CST
You will know when they bloom. Smiling
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Feb 14, 2018 7:47 PM CST
Thank you for the update, Iris pseudocarus will be great possibility too, since the leaves are very similar to acorus (hence the species epithet).. I saw them in the ast but never know ther rhizome looks like that. could be very well that.... and they do grow in water.... yes the flower will definitely confirm, but seing your photo I will leaning to this iris too.
Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
Feb 15, 2018 9:28 PM CST
As soon as they flower I will update, until then I'll mark as solved. Thanks, I love this forum!!!ยก๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜€
Name: Courtney Cahoon
North Carolina, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Mayflowers
May 6, 2018 10:15 PM CST
I don't know if anyone still follows this thread but I got good news. The mystery plant is yellow flag water iris. They're doing beautifully. I planted them in dirt without water, although they do best in water. I will be putting water in this area eventually. So they will be right on the shore under an inch or two of water. I water them at least every other day and I soak them. I have two that have bloomed.

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