All Things Gardening forum: What is this? How can I help it?

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Name: Allison
Central California (Zone 9a)
Feb 15, 2018 6:33 PM CST
Hello, all!

I live in a rental property, and have a small (kind of sad) front yard with just a few shrubs that were here when I got here. This is one of them. As I don't know what it is, I haven't exactly taken proper care of it. It gets morning sun, then sits in the shade most of the day and generally does okay, but it's looking quite old and woody. It does flower in the summer, but for the life of me I can't remember anything about the flowers.

Any thoughts? Should I cut this down to the ground and see what happens?

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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Feb 15, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Daylily. You can cut it to the ground but I'd be more inclined to just cut off the dead leaves for now and leave the green ones.

Feb 16, 2018 3:45 AM CST
European beach grass.
It was planted along with iceplant to help stabilize the dunes.
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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Feb 16, 2018 2:39 PM CST
I agree with Amanda it is a daylily and taking care of it like she suggested will make it look much better.
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Name: Allison
Central California (Zone 9a)
Feb 16, 2018 7:48 PM CST
Thank you guys for the help. I ended up pulling the dead leaves out, which left only a few green ones, but it looks significantly better!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 17, 2018 6:35 PM CST
If its a Daylily, it should have old flower stalks to go with the dead leaves. European Beach Grass would be more upright and have dead grass seed heads on it.

@PisnoBeach, how tall/wide are these plants? The plants seem small - maybe Turf Lily?
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Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
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Feb 18, 2018 12:40 AM CST
Interesting this is, I could also think of some type of carex. are the edge of leaves has small teeth, or are they smooth ?
eta; you could also take a closer photo of the base of the plant, the leaves arrangement right on their bases will be help some for ID I believes.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Feb 18, 2018 10:39 AM CST
As Tofi noted, a picture of the leaf arrangement at their bases should help at least confirm if it could be a daylily or not - I'm thinking it's not, but hard to tell for sure from the picture.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Apr 9, 2018 4:58 AM CST
My first thought was the same as Daisy's, turf lily (liriope). Mine gets very dry looking like that and probably needs to be divided.
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