Does anyone know what kind of flower this is?

  

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Via:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  7 years ago  •  14 comments

Does anyone know what kind of flower this is?

Does anyone know what kind of flower this is? It starts in the Spring with leaves that grow up from the ground, then a spike shoots  up from the middle, and then the top of it blooms.

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Buzz of the Orient
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link   seeder  Buzz of the Orient    7 years ago

I originally posted this question on the Creative Arts group, but perhaps nobody responded because they didn't know the answer.

 
 
 
Dowser
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link   Dowser    7 years ago

It looks to me to be some type of gladiola, but that's probably not right.  There are some tropical plants that resemble this, but I didn't think you lived in the tropics...

Sorry I'm not more help!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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link   seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dowser   7 years ago
Palm trees and orange trees grow here, and it never snows.
 
 
 
Dowser
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link   Dowser  replied to  Buzz of the Orient   7 years ago

Then maybe it is some kind of hibiscus...  Some of them look similar, just a different color.  I wish I could help more!

Love you!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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link   seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dowser   7 years ago

Thanks Marsha.

 
 
 
Dowser
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link   Dowser  replied to  Buzz of the Orient   7 years ago

Buzz, do any of these resemble the flower and plant?  I looked at hibiscus and couldn't find anything that really looked like it.  

Evidently, gladiolas live all over the world, in many different climates: LINK

Then, I found this canna lily that looks a lot like it, too! LINK

To me, this canna lily looks more like it than anything...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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link   seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dowser   7 years ago

It does resemble the Canna Lily but the leaves are quite different. The leaves on the one I saw stay close to the ground.

 
 
 
LynneA
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link   LynneA    7 years ago

Buzz,

Its an orange Canna Pretoria.

Beautiful!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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link   seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  LynneA   7 years ago

That's it exactly. Thank you Lynne. They are very common here - grow like weeds.

 
 
 
LynneA
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link   LynneA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient   7 years ago

They'd certainly be a weed I'd love to have, they are stunning.  Although they will grow in TN, they need to be lifted for the winter much like dahlias.  That accounts for why they're not in my yard, the lifting and storing days are over since leaving Illinois.  I'll all about perennials now, sprinkling in a few inexpensive annuals!

 
 
 
Dowser
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link   Dowser  replied to  LynneA   7 years ago

YAY, Lynne!  You should get a prize!

I love the flowers, for sure, and am all about things that just come up, too.  No more pulling bulbs for storage, etc.  Right now, I would consider it an accomplishment to just go outside and see mine...

Love to you!

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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link   A. Macarthur    7 years ago

It's a Canna Lily.

 
 

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