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Looking for an ID

This is a discussion on Looking for an ID within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Hi all, I've seen a really attractive flower in a garden in my neighborhood and ...

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    Hi all,


    I've seen a really attractive flower in a garden in my neighborhood and been wondering *what* on earth it can be. I don't know the people whose garden it's in, so feel a bit shy about knocking on the door and asking. Therefore, I'm asking you all!


    I don't have a digital camera, so I'll try and describe it. It looks like a cross between an Allium and a Tulipa. The leaves are quite similar to an onion plant. The flowers, by contrast, are the size and shape of a (medium sized) tulip and borne singly on a stalk. The one really noticeable difference between these flowers and your standard tulip is instead of being held erect, the flowers are nodding. The flower color is essentially maroon with plentiful, darker maroon mottling.

    Does this sound like anything anyone has seen? It must be hardy if it grows in my part of the world.


    Cheers,

    R2D2 (Rob)

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    Maybe a Fritillaria of some sort?

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    Dang Kev, you're good.

    If you're right, I think Rob should send you a present.

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    I think EVERYONE should send me a present.

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    Perfect! A fritilaria it was! I googled fritilaria (using the image search) and the very first one it produced was Fritilaria meleagris. It was a perfect match for my neighbor's plant!


    Thank you Kev. Now, about that present...the problem is the blasted border! Taking (or shipping) plants across it is virtually impossible. I agree with Yoda's suggestion in the abstract, but...


    Cheers,


    Rob

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    Great Rob!

    I posted a picture of the same flower in the Tuber Club. Check it out. I really like these and there are lots and lots of really great varieties.

    Kev

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