corms, tubers or what?

nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

I dug these up 3 weeks ago (replanted them so hope they're not weeds)

each of the bulgy bits is about an inch long, some a bit more, some a bit less. There was no top growth at all but they look and feel quite alive, not dried out or soft and squidgy. 




  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Maybe Kniphofia red hot pokers, or poss Bergenia elephants ears, or some blinking weird thing like a Dahlia image

    Glad to have you back Nut.

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    No idea but that two pronged bit lower left looks suspiciously like a toe complete with nail! image

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447
    addict wrote (see)

    No idea but that two pronged bit lower left looks suspiciously like a toe complete with nail! image


  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    addict I thought something a lot worseimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    Thanks KEF. I've been trying very hard to remember what had grown there in the past. It's right at the front in a sunny spot so it must be something that I thought would like it there. It won't be a dahlia, I don't like dahlias. Not a bergenia, I know what the bottom of those looks like. Knifophia? hum. If they are then I think they're dead. All my knifiophias are well in leaf, if not flower.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Erm, I have some of these in an old, out of the way pot in my garden. I've been trying to ignore them in the hope that they will grow into something or get eaten by something, but they have just sat there for months. I seem to remember planting freesias in the pot once upon a time - do you think they could be that? Lord, I hope they aren't a set of digits... I haven't seen the window cleaner for weeks...

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    They are weird looking, I can see your toe and nail addict, hadn't spotted that before


  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751

    I'm afrad the best I can do is rhizome. Sorry Nutcutlet I could list what they're not but that won't be very helpful. image

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Maybe from a Yukka or Phormium.

    But really look like something Hannibal Lecter would fry....nice Chianti anyone?image

    Did the previous house occupants move or was the house empty when you bought it? imageimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    The previous owner was a widower, I wonder what happened to his wife.

    I think I need to look through my list of plants acquired over the last 20 years and work out what happened to them all and what it might be. 

    Thanks Jim, I've already got a long list of what it isn't. For a moment I thought I'd got it. There are some of those little Oxalis adenophyllla around there, then remembered they're hairy corms and not like these at all

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,584

    They remind me of Alstrameria lillies  , Alstromeria  are fragile and a crisp sort of root , it breaks very easil but every bit will grow into a plant . 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    Hi lucky, never had alstromerias so it won't be them, thanks for thesuggestion though

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Dahlia erythronium or canna? 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050


    I've never seen these before so it must be something planted from a pot, not planted as tubers. 

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