Mystery flower

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Galen Hekhuis, May 12, 2010.

  1. Well, it's a mystery to me. I am rather poor at identifying plants. I
    was about to use the weed eater on this patch when I saw this plant.
    Usually I use my guilt-free gardening method to determine weeds. That
    is: If I pull it up, it is a weed by definition. It doesn't matter
    if it looks identical in every way to a desirable plant just inches
    away; if I pull it up, it's a weed. This property is not
    transferable. That is, if *you* pull up a desirable plant, it remains
    a desirable plant, and you should go hang your head in shame. However,
    if I pull up the same plant, it is a weed. Master Gardeners may know
    how to grow pretty flowers, but it takes a Super Ultimate Gardener to
    tell a weed disguised as, say, a marigold. But I digress. Anyway,
    is this a desirable plant or a noxious weed?
    Galen Hekhuis, May 12, 2010
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  2. I haven't a clue, but I like the white flowers. Reminds me of some
    Carribean flowers.

    Phyllis and Jim, May 12, 2010
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  3. Galen Hekhuis

    kathy Guest

    Lizard's Tail, Galen, and I spent money to put one of
    those on Iris Island!

    kathy :)
    kathy, May 12, 2010
  4. Galen Hekhuis

    Joe Guest

    When I first looked at the picture I thought the plant was next to an old
    painted drive way. I now realize it's duckweed!


    San Diego Joe
    4,000 - 5,000 Gallons.
    Koi, Goldfish, and RES named Colombo.
    Joe, May 12, 2010
  5. Far out. What should I do to encourage it?
    Galen Hekhuis, May 13, 2010
  6. Duckweed? Moi? Whatever would give you that idea?
    Galen Hekhuis, May 13, 2010
  7. Does that make it a flower instead of a weed?

    One man's flower is another man's weed?

    Phyllis and Jim, May 13, 2010
  8. Galen Hekhuis

    kathy Guest

    I would give it a chance.
    Mine does not seem overly aggressive, in that the iris are the
    dominant plant on the island now. Is native to your area so no
    pond police will come to visit.
    And it is *purty* and the leaves are pretty in the fall.

    kathy :)
    kathy, May 13, 2010
  9. Seems I have two "plots" of it, one growing where the water must be a
    foot deep. How it made it up through the duckweed I'll never know. It
    must be a "winter hardy" type plant that comes up every year.
    Galen Hekhuis, May 14, 2010
  10. Galen Hekhuis

    ReelMcKoi Guest

    "Galen Hekhuis" wrote in message
    ================The common name for them here in TN is "Lizard's Tail." Mine' died out
    several years ago.
    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
    ~~~~ } ~~~ }
    ReelMcKoi, May 26, 2010
  11. Galen Hekhuis

    ~ jan Guest

    Before answering, my first question would have been.... Did you pull it or
    not? I see in later posts you did not, and ID was given by kathy. It is
    winter hardy, survives here nicely in Zone 7. Not sure what its lowest zone
    is. Your plant looks particularly healthy and hardy w/beautiful blooms.
    Caterpillars do love it, so watch for those. Picking them off is easy, if
    the plant is easy to access. ~ jan
    ~ jan, May 29, 2010
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