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Nursery didn't know what it is, do you?


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Michele Ferazzutti29-Jul-01 08:46 AM EST 5b   
Ellen C.29-Jul-01 03:01 PM EST 5b   
Michele Ferazzutti01-Aug-01 09:45 PM EST 5b   
Ellen C.01-Aug-01 10:22 PM EST 5b   
Budding Poet02-Aug-01 01:29 AM EST 5a   


Subject: Nursery didn't know what it is, do you?
From: Michele Ferazzutti
Zone: 5b
Date: 29-Jul-01 08:46 AM EST

I'm a novice gardener, rapidly moving up the rank to intermediate.

Have moved into a home with a well established, but poorly maintained garden.

My local nursery, has, thankfully - a resident plant goddess whose only job is to identify or recommend plants. I took a sample of everything I didn't recognize and she was very helpful.

However, I have one plant growing that she couldn't identify, neither could anyone in the store, but they asked me to come back and tell them if I found out what it is.

It appears to be in the grass family, so I am told. The leaves are palm like in appearance, but smaller. The centre stalk, which is a perfect TRIANGLE (everyone was exclaiming over that, hence the cap letters!) and on the top of that stalk was obviously some flower. It is now brown, and looks like just the centre of whatever the flower was - is left. The leaves are not dying back at all.

I am in 5b.

Any ideas?

Michele


Subject: RE: Nursery didn't know what it is, do you?
From: Ellen C.
Zone: 5b
Date: 29-Jul-01 03:01 PM EST

Michele, whereabouts are you located?


Subject: RE: Nursery didn't know what it is, do you?
From: Michele Ferazzutti
Zone: 5b
Date: 01-Aug-01 09:45 PM EST

I am in Vaughan - "The City Above Toronto".

Oh, and by the way, forgot to mention that the plant goddess thought it might be Spiderwort, but ruled that out.

Help still needed!

Michele


Subject: RE: Nursery didn't know what it is, do you?
From: Ellen C.
Zone: 5b
Date: 01-Aug-01 10:22 PM EST

Have you ever been to Humber Nurseries in Brampton? They carry a big selection of ornamental grasses so they may know what kind you have. Or, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton.

Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: Nursery didn't know what it is, do you?
From: Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-Aug-01 01:29 AM EST

I suspect you have a sedge. Many of the 2000 species of grasslike plants grown for their FOILAGE(OK :)just trying to get a little more mileage out of that blooper) rather than flowers have stems with triangular cross-sections. Mike Runtz, one of Canada's favorite naturalists has a new book coming out on this interesting genus and with his superb photography you should be able to pinpoint the species.


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