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Post  bigsteve on Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:21 pm

Hello Folks
Here is one of my favourite accent plants in an excellent Duffet pot
thought i would see which one of you plant experts would name it for me.
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Post  rickyricardo on Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:06 pm

Sorry I cant help you naming that accent plant. But I cant help but think that the beautiful bonsai you posted is planted rather high in the pot. I am sure the more experience folks here will either confirm or correct me on this. Nice tree though.

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Post  bigsteve on Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:28 pm

rickyricardo wrote:Sorry I cant help you naming that accent plant. But I cant help but think that the beautiful bonsai you posted is planted rather high in the pot. I am sure the more experience folks here will either confirm or correct me on this. Nice tree though.
thanks,you are right the larch is high in the pot, its a collected tree and each time i repot it goes lower in the pot, next year it will be about 4 to 5 cm lower and 2 crossing roots will be straightened out.
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Name that Accent Plant

Post  bonsaisr on Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:37 pm

Does it ever bloom?
Iris

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Post  bigsteve on Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:58 pm

bonsaisr wrote:Does it ever bloom?
Iris
no it has never flowered its not an iris.

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:31 pm

Is it an Orchid Steve? Fringed maybe?

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Post  Harleyrider on Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:20 pm

The more I look at it, the more it looks like lawn grass.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:12 pm

Hi Steve,

Iris is Iris, not suggesting yours is an Iris, IYSWIM. You can safgely ignore HarleyRider too, as he is a self confessed accent plant phobic, unless he's changed his spots!

Afraid I'd need a lot more detail to attempt any sort of reliable ID. It does look a bit grass like but I've got dwarf Agapanthus, Ophiopogon and all sorts of other things that are grass like too.

What are the roots like? Fibrous, tuber, bulb or rhizome? Does it change colour in winter or is it deciduous? Does it like lots of water or well drained conditions? Can you show a close up of one complete representative leaf?

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:34 pm

I think you need a few more clues Kev!

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Post  David Brunner on Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:53 am

Hello Steve,

I’m afraid that the previous posts are right, without more information about the flowers and other features of your very nice accent plant, I’m afraid a confident identification is unlikely. However from looking closely at the leaf bases, I see what might be purple mottling, and the plant seems to be bulb-like in habit. So my guess at this point is something in the genus Lachenalia. These are very commonly cultivated members of the Hyacinth family, often called Cowslips or Squill. If I’m right, yours does not bloom because it is too crowded in too small a pot to do so. But it looks fine none the less.

This is just a guess based on what I can see from your photo – it could easily be miles off…

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Post  Dave Martin on Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:02 am

Steve,
Any clues as to where you bought it or who you from? The leaves look squill like as Will suggests.

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Post  bigsteve on Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:37 am

Good Morning Folks
The accent plant is Hosta Tortifrons.
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Post  bigsteve on Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:40 am

will baddeley wrote:Is it an Orchid Steve? Fringed maybe?
i bought it because it looked like an orchid or a fern its very unusual.

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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:43 pm

Google tells all. 'Tortifrons' is a cultivar name. Further searching will probably reveal the species. It is sold by a number of nurseries. Here is something I found:

Tortifrons
Heavily twisted, thick dark green corkscrew leaves. Needs to be grown in lots of sun to get the leaves to corkscrew; the cause of the twisting of the leaves is reported to be a somatic mutation in the leaf, not necessarily in the nuclear DNA. Reportedly the veins are confused, causing the leaf to twist. Blooms late, in October, with lavender flowers. Difficult to propogate in tissue culture. In Japan known as "Arechi Giboshi."
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