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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mystery Plant!

One of the fun things about moving to a home with an established garden is discovering new things. Many of them I knew about before coming here even if I never grew them.

This grass is familiar to me but I have no real idea what it is. A Carex? Acorus? It looks like this year round and you can see the little spent bloom heads from last season.

It's not that impressive right now but I think it would look great near my little pond. I'd love some ideas on what it is and how to treat it. As you can see, there's lots of common orange daylilies growing around it and through it.

Believe it or not, in all my years of gardening I've never had pachysandra! Can't say I love or adore it but at least right now it's green and Claus my garden Gnome is quite happy.

Up close the blooms are actually quite nice. I'm going to try to take some more shots this weekend with my new camera.

For those of you who want to see my little cottage, I just posted some photos on my sister blog, Melanie's Old Country Gardens.

Love to hear your suggestions about my mystery plant!


  1. Yes it looks like a Carex/sedge...maybe
    morowii...can't tell from photo...L;)

  2. Yes, it's definitely a Carex. Probably C. morrowii. If you Google and click on images you'll see how similar yours is to the ones photographed. I have it and although it can tolerate sun it looks better, I think if it is in shade. I had mine by a pond where it looked great.

    In my 30 some years of gardening, I've never grown Pachysandra either. I don't really know why since it is a pretty plant. I mean if it's good enough for a gnome... :)

  3. I think it is a Carex. I divided mine several times in the spring and now have more than I want. I try to remember to chop it back in early spring before the new growth.
    Funny thing, I also have a gnome but my daughter and kids think it's freaky.
    Also have more pachysandra than I want from just a few. It's under a flight of stairs, never gets sun, grows prolifically.

    I have enjoyed your blog and have put a link to it on our local master gardener working blog. I do a public one as well. Will add a link there also -

  4. Phalaris arundinacea 'Feesey' - Ribbon Grass
    My grandmother had this stuff growing around her fence in her yard. I always heard it called ribbon grass but wasn't sure what the actual name was. Here is a link I found, hope it helps.

  5. I believe it is something along the lines of Zebra Grass. I have a three of them in my backyard!

  6. I've seen lots of these (here in SoCal) but from the photo I can't tell if it might not also be a society garlic? Does it smell of garlic? I have several planted near my front door and I finally realized I was tempting myself to pizza and spaghetti several times a week just by going in the doorway! :-)
    Did you figure out what it was?

  7. Beautiful photo. Your garden is fantastic.


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