What plant did I see?

grinchis40(Z7 Princeton TX)March 26, 2013

My husband and I were just in Galveston last week. We stayed around Pier 21 and while walking around in that area, I noticed some grasses that had pale yellow flowers with maybe some dark purple in the center. Are any of you familiar with this grass? Sorry, no pics.

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ocgf(Z8)

Yellow iris, maybe?

Omar

Here is a link that might be useful: yellow iris

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 11:28AM
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grinchis40(Z7 Princeton TX)

No, not an iris. It was almost an orchid-looking type of flower.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 12:13PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Just take a guess here of New Zealand Flax. When Tally see this she will know.

Here is a link that might be useful: New Zealand Flax flowers ...

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 1:08PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I think/hope the link below will take you to the flower picture.

Here is a link that might be useful: Flowers ..

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 1:10PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

This is the flower I'm referring to -- one more time ... :-)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 1:18PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Iris dietes bicolor or Peacock flower?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 1:31PM
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beachplant(9b)

African iris, butterfly iris or dietes
they planted them after Ike and they are in bloom right now.
There is a yellow one and one that is white/blue. Open flat kind of flowers.
Tally HO!

oooo, tried to post a link from DG and got the "help us avoid spam...DG...spam..." yeah, right, more like don`t go there they are the competition lol!

Here is a link that might be useful: dietes

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 2:19PM
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grinchis40(Z7 Princeton TX)

Yes, I think the African iris. Thanks. Do you know if they are invasive?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 2:32PM
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bossjim1

Not really 'invasive' but the clumps become HUGE if not thinned occasionally.
Jim

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 3:53PM
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TammyTXgardner(8b)

Oh, I love African Irises. I purchased one in the white with purple center just this past weekend. I don't see those as often as the yellow with a purple center ones, and just had to have it.

They're a great plant in my opinion. They hold up to drought and are simple to divide. I find their gray/green spiky foliage is a nice accent in the garden in the summer. They're also a guaranteed bloom (for me) each spring.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 9:23PM
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beachplant(9b)

supereasy to divide and the clumps do become huge. It survives drought, flooding, dogs, and being under salt water for 24 hours.
Picked up a variegated one at Home Depot the other day.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 7:53AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Thay don't like it out in the hill country dirt of limestone uplands. One needs to do a bunch of ammending and watering.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 2:54PM
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grinchis40(Z7 Princeton TX)

Well I'm in zone 7 so they maybe a little iffy but worth a try. I love the grassy look of it.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 3:31PM
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beachplant(9b)

I'm surprised you have to water it, once established they are very drought tolerant, our last no water drought they had no water for about 2 months and bloomed and grew like crazy. Our "soil" and I use the term loosely, is alkaline sand.

I have to research this variegated one, the leaves are much wider, more like an iris, but it has that dietes flower.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 7:45AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

It might be the difference in soil.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 9:07AM
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ocgf(Z8)

Plants are crazy. There are dietes plants in the neighborhood growing great in houses I know they know "sushi" about gardening. Mine? Barely surviving.

Omar

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 4:59PM
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