Saturday, February 02, 2008

Mystery Red Bulbs


Poking out through the soil beneath the Viburnum are these red bulbs? I dug one up and washed it to reveal a woody orange rhizome with roots and many growing points where these red leaves grow upwards.
Do you know what it is? A garden mystery is best shared and hopefully solved.
The leaves were used for technicolour effect to highlight the red stem/s?

4 comments:

jodi said...

Would this be a euphorbia by any chance? Perhaps E. griffithii 'Fireglow'? It grows and spreads by such means, but it's a bit small yet for me to make a positive identification.

snappy said...

Thanks Jodi,I guess I will have to be patient to see what develops.The crocus.co.uk website had the Euphorbia Griffithii fireglow for sale, and the poetic garden writer whos words describe the plants said they have apricot like asparagus spears.Mine are reddy orange coloured.
I know its a Rhizome where they originate from.In November I guess they had died back and dissapeared.The Old Gardeners Ghost still lingers in the soil!
I will photograph what develops.

jodi said...

Yes, that's exactly what new growth of E.g 'Fireglow' looks like: asparagus spears. Mine are also more reddish orange than apricot, but it may come down to interpretation of colours. ...I will look through to see whether I have a photo of them in shoot form, but probably don't. That sure sounds like it. IN some gardens, Fireglow runs quite a bit, but I haven't had any problems with it. 'Dixter' is said to be better behaved, but it threw a snit here and died.

snappy said...

Hi Jodi,Does throw a Snit mean have a tantrum? I will wait and see if the red spears run amok.I guess a few were dug into pieces when i didnt know they were there.It pays to have patience sometimes to see what grows to start with :)