Plant Identification


post an unknown plant and see if others can provide a name


Submitted by kdemott on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:00

This plant was sold as Allium sikkimense but I have been told it is more likely A. cyaneum.

It's about time to collect seed for the exchange. Anyone confirm the ID?

Little Blue Job

Submitted by Fermi on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:40

This originally came from a Seedex (NARGS?will have to check) but it isn't what I thought it would be - it is also seeding itself into other pots!

Does anyone recognise it? Should I be just weeding it out? This year I've decided to "dead-head" it to stop it spreading - I'll have to check out where I used to have the pots in case it's also escaped into the ground,



Unknown lily

Submitted by Cockcroft on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:27

This lily bloomed for the first time this year from seed.  Of course, I've lost the label.  It resembles Lilium pardalinum but the leaves are wrong.  Can anyone supply a name?  Thanks!


Submitted by Broekhuis on Sun, 06/08/2014 - 19:52

My clump of succulent labeled "Delosperma cooperi" produced a yellow flower yesterday. It's possible I shuffled the tag into the wrong position in an overhaul of the rock garden earlier this spring- but I haven't attempted to grow D. congestum for years, and never seemed to get lasting seedlings when I did. I did attempt Bergeranthus jamesii in 2012 and 2013, but am pretty sure they didn't survive the winter. Another case of confused seed identity?

Unknown iris

Submitted by Lori S. on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 23:24

I bought this iris labelled as Iris mandschurica.  However, Iris mandschurica is yellow with a yellow beard and brown markings on the falls:

Any idea what I have?  Thanks in advance for any info.

Blue Squill (I think)

Submitted by Broekhuis on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 21:09

This is growing in my rock garden, quite obviously on purpose, but do I remember what it is? Of course not. It looks like squill to me, but I don't have any record of putting a spring-blooming squill in the rock garden. I did grow Scilla litardieri from seed a few years ago - the resulting patch is still living in my nursery area (and not blooming), but it is possible that I moved a couple of them to the rock garden last year and forgot to write it down. S. litardieri, in photos I've found, looks similar but perhaps not quite the same as the plant in my photo. Any better ideas?

Gummy Snaps

Submitted by bthyme on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:09

I used to get a small plant from Carroll Gardens in Westminster, MD.  Alan called them "gummy snaps."  If I ever knew the botanical name, I have forgotten it.  They were a few inches high with small white flowers like snapdragons, but the leaves and stems were sticky.  They need very good drainage.  Does anybody know what these were?