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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Tiny iris like plant?

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HydroPinke
Burien, WA
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2011
10:12 AM

Post #8588475

This is the first of a few I am trying to identify. We recently purchased a house, and the previous owner was an avid gardener. As the weather SLOWLY and painfully warms up here in Seattle I keep having new little treasures pop up. This first one is a tiny iris like plant/
grows in full sun
approx 2" tall

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HydroPinke
Burien, WA
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8588478

one more pic for size.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 26, 2011
10:15 AM

Post #8588483

Doesn't look like iris to me, but does look like you will find out soon by the buds you have coming up! Post a picture of the bloom when it does and someone will give a positive id I'm sure.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2011
12:10 PM

Post #8588759

Seeing it blooming will help, but it might be a Sisyrinchium species (commonly called blue eyed grass although they're not a grass) http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher[common]=&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=sisyrinchium&searcher[species]=&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&searcher[grex]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=rating&images_prefs=both&Search=Search

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8588805

I don't know... looks very much like my baby Irises (offshoots).
If they're just emerging, I'd say it's highly possible.
I can post a picture of my "baby Iris" too, for comparison.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8588812

Good point--I had assumed that was all the taller they were going to get when I made my suggestion (Sisyrinchium is in the iris family so they will look similar but don't get nearly as big)

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8588989

hate to say it, but seeing the bulb or rhizome would surely be helpful!
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8589180

If they're miniature bearded irises, you should see small rhizomes like regular bearded irises make. If you'll uneather the rhizome a bit, that might prove that it's a mini iris. I have some that only get about 4-6 inches tall and I love them. But they're like regular bearded irises and don't like to have the rhizomes covered. So if that's what they are, you'll need to uncover the rhizomes to prevent rot.
Malus2006
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2011
5:51 AM

Post #8590314

Can see a flower bud in picture - too much like a iris. Have to omit Iris cristata and maybe Japanese Roof Iris.
Malus2006
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8590325

But then again after highlight the bud I notice another newer one and it doesn't really look like a iris.

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poisondartfrog

poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8590346

It could still be a Sisyrinchium. S. californicum would be native for the area and the foliage looks very much like the S. californicum, Yellowstone, that I have in my garden. Mine has just finished it's spring bloom but if this is not solved I will get out and take a photo when the rain stops.
Alana

poisondartfrog

poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2011
4:47 PM

Post #8591444

Sorry, These photos are not very clear with my little point and shoot camera, but perhaps you can get an idea.

Sisyrinchium californicum, Yellowstone

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poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2011
4:49 PM

Post #8591452

Another.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 27, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8591465

I would bet that is the same as yours Alana, as ecrane said earlier definately same family. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/49958/

Look forward to seeing your blooms Hydro.
HydroPinke
Burien, WA
(Zone 7b)

May 28, 2011
10:24 PM

Post #8593855

I'll keep you posted.
Lupala
Victoria, BC
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2011
11:42 PM

Post #8593892

Iris setosa maybe? Dwarf alaskan iris.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53488/
Malus2006
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 29, 2011
8:06 AM

Post #8594430

I have Dwarf Iris setosa like this picture and they are more grass like with thinner leaves.
http://www.growsonyou.com/photo/slideshow/202802-iris-setosa-dwarf-form/all

Im pretty sure its a Sisyrinchium species - I had been fooled before by Sisyrinchium species on DavesGarden Plant ID, mostly western US species that look strongly like some iris species.
HydroPinke
Burien, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 6, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8613095

Blooming! Sisyrinchium californicum is my verdict. Thanks for all your input.

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Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 7, 2011
9:07 AM

Post #8615379

beautiful!!! how rewarding for you ;-)

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

June 7, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8616143

Wow. I was sure it was an iris.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 7, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8616198

It's in the iris family, so you weren't that far off.

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