Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mystery Flower

Can anyone ID this plant for me? It came from the woods in the mountains of NC - I've had it in the ground four years and this year it went crazy, spreading like mad. Long, bright green sword-like leaves, multiple medium purple blossoms on each stem.

Thanks in advance, plant nerds!


Debi said...

Shoot. I thought Daniel would have had the answer by now.

glamourpez said...

Could it be spiderwort?

DG Strong said...

Leah came up with it. It's Chinese Ground Orchid.

Debi said...

Well, how did THAT make it to North Carolina?

DG Strong said...

There's actually a theory! the pollen or seeds or whatever floated on the jetstream and ran into the mountains and fell down. Or something! La la la, there's wine.

But there are several plants in Appalachia that only exist elsewhere in Asia.

Debi said...

That's fascinating. Truly. I see some reading in my future.

bcarp0720 said...

DG, It looks like a hardy orchid which Tyrone grows in his yard in NC. He bought it at Niche Gardens in Chapel Hill, NC.

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