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Could someone please help identify this plant. I have lots of these growing across the garden which I assumed were some sort of bulbs but there's never any flowers that appear. Not sure if they should be removed or not! 

Many thanks 


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,160
    Could be a wild iris (iris foetidissima). The flowers are easily missed, especially in shade.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,187
    I thought at first they were some kind of sedge/carex, but the leaves may not be right.
    Have you dug any up, do they have roots or are they definitely bulbs?
    Welcome to the forum by the way  :)
  • Thanks for the reply. I've dug one out, they appear to have roots. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,505
    Looks like I F to me.😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,800
    Another vote here for iris foetidissima 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thanks for the responses all. I can't recall ever having seen these flower though and I have lots of these all over the garden, they all just have the green leaves as per the photos. 
  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 558
    They should have large green seed pods now which open in winter to reveal bright orange seeds.
  • hi again, I looked at a number of these plants, none had any seed pods. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,413
    Not day lily, they have tubers/bulbs like sausagey fingers. We have to pick axe ours out. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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