tall flat leaves with large root

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  1. katyadraven

    katyadraven New Seed

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    Doing gardening for the first time in a new place. We are in the woods, near the water in rural VA. They have large very flat green leaves and no flowers on these plants (yet?). I have no idea what they are so I pulled one up and it had a large root growing horizontally from it. Here are some pics...


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  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    They look very like iris to me Katy. Those nobbly roots are caled rhizomes. Here is a website that shows both the leaves and the base of the plants. Hopefully you will be able to see them enough to confirm what your plants are.

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/pr ... es-divide/
     
  4. daisybeans

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    They look like happy healthy iris to me too. Where you are, they will start sending up nice buds on tall stalks in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait till you find out what color(s) they are! Lucky you! Leave them be if you can -- or let them finish blooming before you move them.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    It's an Iris, probably a Bearded Iris. From the size of the leaves I would say it won't be too much longer before you start seeing a swelling on one leaf. That will seperate from the leaf and become the stalk that will hold the Iris flower.
     
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    katyadraven New Seed

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    Thanks guys! That pic definitely looks like what we have in the yard. I can't wait to see them bloom either!
     

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