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06/01/2013 at 10:33
Hi Moved into my house 3 years ago and every year a few of these guys have come up but have never flowered. I was hoping to see what flower came up to either identify it myself or post here and pick someone's brains but for the third year alas no flower. So can anyone help tell me what it might be jut by looking at the floiage? There is about five of them so if they are something nice I will maybe move them somewhere that will help them flower. Could just be they are in the wrong soil or something. Also the ground there would be fairly moist. Not saturated but wet enough. Thanks a mill
06/01/2013 at 10:36
Apologies on my phone here and can't seem to ind the upload picture option. Might have to log in on my laptop later
06/01/2013 at 10:48


06/01/2013 at 17:09

When were the pictures taken, Dingo?

06/01/2013 at 17:20

Sternbergias are looking like that right now and have a reputation for not flowering unless things are just right. I had one flower last year and none this.

06/01/2013 at 18:23
Took the pictures this morning joe. Hmm never heard of sternbergias nut
06/01/2013 at 18:50

Yellow, flower in autumn, with no leaves look a bit like a crocus, leaves appear over winter, die back in summer. LIke a warmer drier climate than ours.

Sternbergia lutea if you want to google it

Lovely when they flower.I've had them for about 20 years. The leaves have increase and I've had the WOW! moment twice in that time.

But they might not be sternbergias so don't chuck them out yet

06/01/2013 at 19:52
I'm tempted to take them up and pot them and see how I get on. Obviously not in the right spot to prosper where they are at the mo!

When would you recommended doing that?
06/01/2013 at 19:58

Nothing to lose. In well drained compost in a sunny spot you might at least find out what they are

07/01/2013 at 20:48

Hi, I think this might be an Iris foetidissima, this has evergreen leaves similar to your picture, tiny insignificant iris flowers, followed by large orange/red berries.  Ours has been in the garden for several years and only flowered for the first time this year.

Hope this helps.


07/01/2013 at 21:13

soon tell, break a leaf, the iris stinks. Or dig one up. Sternbergia is a bulb, Iris foetidissima just a root.

I think we have a bulb here. 

07/01/2013 at 22:01

It looks incredibly like my Bluebells, they are about that size with the spine/crease down the leaf

07/01/2013 at 22:12

Looks like a sedge to me and they do spread.

07/01/2013 at 22:18

Or Iris unguilaris which takes years to re-establish after being moved but once it starts flowering hardly ever stops.

07/01/2013 at 22:21

I'll stick with Sternbergia lutea. based on appearance and it not flowering in the 3 years Luckydingo has lived there. Sternbergia are just so good at not flowering.

07/01/2013 at 22:22
discodave wrote (see)

It looks incredibly like my Bluebells, they are about that size with the spine/crease down the leaf

You may have to just wait and see as some dont flower for the first few years while the bulb grows. I plant more of these from seed every year and they can take a few years to get to floweing stage. 

07/01/2013 at 23:03

They also look a lot like Agapanthus or even Hemerocallis that are not doing too well!

08/01/2013 at 13:34

The mystery continues


Im fairly sure its a bulb. Definitly not evergreen anyway. Always starts to make an appearance after my hostas, lupins, etc have reached the backend of their season.


Il try that trick with breaking open the leaf though.

08/01/2013 at 14:54

Looks like a Crinum to me. It is a summer flowering bulb, can be evergreen (mine is) Could be that it hasn't reached flowering size. Last owner may have removed clump to take with them to new home and small bits left behind are coming up...

08/01/2013 at 15:21

Luckydingo. You've got to get one of these flowering, the suspense is too much.

I'd dig up and pot up now. Keep them with their soil and they won't notice. You'll know if it's a bulb if nothing else. If you've got several try one in hot dry, another in dry shade etc. see what happens

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