Help with ID please

DSheridan(8a)May 20, 2012

Hello. We live in San Francisco and last year I planted seeds from a "California Wildflowers" packet. This year I was planting herbs in those planters but 2 plants, apparently from last year, caught my eye and I left them. I think the blue flowers are one of the lupines but I'd like to get some feedback if possible. The other looks like giant chives. I think I've seen these in marshy or riparian areas but have no idea what they are.

Thank you for any help.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

!st is a lupine. 2nd is a rush.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 10:01PM
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Thank you so much! The seed packet had mostly wild flowers and produced a pretty presentation on our fire escape, but nothing really outstanding appeared. These are the best, even though they didn't appear last year. I never would have figured out the green plant was a rush. We do enjoy the flowers and I hope we can cultivate it. In a planter. On a fire escape.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 10:43PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Nice looking fire escape. The lupine should set seeds for you.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 3:26PM
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Ordinary Chives would grow in your container and produce really attractive long lasting flowers. Of course you will have to stop eating it, or you won't get flowers! Al

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 9:34AM
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We have two planters which will have chives and arugula. Never thought about just letting the chives flower.. That's an intriguing idea.

We are collecting the seeds packets off the lupine. Seems like most of the people we know would also like to grow some.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 11:34AM
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If you grow Arugula--I started growing one plant in the yard and it spreads like wildfire. Good news is that wherever it blooms, fruit trees produce like crazy, because tiny yellow arugula blossoms attract bees. We even have blueberries producing now and I am in coastal Southern California.
Do the lupines need cold weather? I agree with Jean, I think the plant that spikes up is a rush. We more commonly see curly rush.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 5:30PM
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Thanks, Marge. Our argula is spreading like wildfire, even more so in their planters than they did when we had a community garden plot. Even better, people aren't stealing it. (One of many reasons why we no longer have a community plot.) Because we have tomato plants (no fruit.. er no other fruit, unfortunately), I put out a Philadelphus and a Dascia so we'd have bees for the tomatoes. The community garden is half a block away and one fellow there keeps bees. Can even see them come over our rooftop from that direction

The rush has grown and seems to like where it is. I know it doesn't look especially attractive but I've never seen one flower and I really like the way it looks anyway.

The lupine is a monster. Had no idea they grew so big. Not sure about the cold weather part. We are in San Francisco in SOMA and we get tons of wind on our 3rd floor. I think the surrounding buildings create a wind tunnel. It can be pretty stiff especially towards sunset. Our weather has been cool this spring so I guess we'll see when it warms up.. if it ever does. I suspect the lupine will have peaked well before then as it is no longer sending out shoots and has already put forth its blossoms.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 7:47PM
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