Camilla Fox - Escaped garden stuff?

Jul. 7th, 2004

09:33 pm - Escaped garden stuff?

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I noticed these on my way to work, and went back this evening to get a picture. They're by the train tracks next to Fort Washington park, on the dry rough ground that had a big stand of evening primrose last August.

The size, varied colors, ruffles, and the fact that it's not in Peterson's suggests a garden escape; is there a reference book that everyone likes for common garden plants? Can anyone tell me what they are?

Notably, the stems seem to grow at an angle - the plants that have two flower spikes grow them in a v-shape.


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From:rjpb
Date:July 7th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)

Iris?

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Those look like some varieties of iris to me. But a google image search turned up little that is close to those hues. I really like the salmon one. Most irises around here are purple or blue, but there are some pink ones.
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From:firstfrost
Date:July 8th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
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Irises are one-bloom-per-stem, rather than many blooms going up the stem the way the first picture is. (I bet there are real gardening words for those terms, but I don't know them).

(I agree with subsequent votes for gladiolus, but wouldn't have been able to think of the name myself)
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From:fyfer
Date:July 7th, 2004 09:36 pm (UTC)
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They look sort of like gladiolas. Bigger, floppier petals than I'm used to, but I am so far from being an expert...
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From:siderea
Date:July 7th, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
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They do look like gladiolas, only shorter.
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