I really need some help with identifying this mystery plant growing on our land here in Middle Tennessee. The area this plant is growing in varies. It is wet, dry, sunny, shady, woodland, prairie, hilly-basically anything goes with this plant. The plant seems to form colonies. It is growing more in the shade than the sun but does grow in the sun too.
This is an up close picture of the plant right now. It is not blooming and does not appear to be forming a bloom stalk. The new leaves have a tinge of purple. It is really quite an attractive thing. Mr. Fix-it thinks it is some kind of a groundcover plant. I honestly have no idea and have checked the wildflower book recommended for this area.
This plant first came to our attention about a month ago when the Saint spotted it growing in the field. At first this emerging tip reminded me of a yucca. A better guess is what Randy said. Randy said it looks kind of like a lily.
The root is tuberous and is quite fleshy. This is probably the secret to the plant's ability to spread into large colonies and to adapt to whatever surroundings it finds itself.
One thing we have noticed is that it does not seem to grow all over the local area. My daughter's land in the same town has none of these plants and I can't seem to find any in the surrounding area by our large hillside. This may be a clue to the plants identity, but I am not sure. The elevation on our hill is about 620 MSL; which is a couple of hundred feet higher than most of the surrounding elevation. There are several springs that run through the area and out of the hill down to some streams. The soil is quite rich but fairly typical of Tennessee soil. There are not many rocks in the soil but the soil is severely congested with roots from woody plants.
Can anyone help me identify this mystery plant? I have already posted it on Facebook and no one was able to help there. Now that the plant is much larger perhaps one of my friends can help now-or a reader of this blog can help identify it. If not, I guess I will wait until it blooms then post another photo if I don't figure it out before then. Thanks!
in the garden....
Identification success: My friend Terri found it on another Tennessee blog called: Native Plants for Tennessee found here. This plant is actually American Columbo, aka Green Gentian, Frasera caroliensis. Thanks Terri!