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Mystery flower blooms in early spring in Phoenix, AZ

comments (2) April 16th, 2013 in gallery
domba domba, member
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This perennial flower starts growing in December and looks like tall, thick grass for three months until it blooms in Feb/March (this is in Phoenix where it's warm by then!). Very potent scent at night - they take over my yard, having come up through the irrigation system years ago, and the night air is intoxicated with their scent. 

1-4 flowers per stalk usually, and always blooming vertically along the stem. Ivory/pale yellow color, with darker lines in the middle. 6 petals on a tubular shaped flower head. Grow to about 1 1/2 to 2 ft tall. 

They seem to "seed" after blooming, but also look like they might be a bulb. I don't know enough about flowers to know which way they are spreading.

I tried saving my pics of the bulb and seeds at the lowest possible resolution, but the files are too large for this site. Hopefully the main pic will be enough info. 

Can't seem to find anything on flower searches that exactly matches. I have a faint hope this is a new species! : ) 



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domba writes: Aha! Thank you - that looks and sounds exactly like the ones that grow in my yard. Thanks for your comment CalNative - the mystery is solved!
Posted: 12:55 pm on April 20th
CalNative writes: Looks like Gladiolus tristis. Posted: 9:16 pm on April 18th
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