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Plantidote of the Day 2011-04-08

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Mystery flower

This little plant (little as in 12" to 15" high) has long, strappy foliage like an iris. It's growing in a sunny spot in a yard where it gets very little care, and that seems to agree with it. The flowers are about the size of violets. It's a little hard to see, but the stem has more buds further along, beyond the flower. (Click on the image to see a larger version with better detail.) What could it be?

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Submitted by Eureka Springs on

Ah the mystery flower, much as a love them... they are greatest in numbers... the mystery flowers. Why I must have photographed half a dozen mystery's yesterday...)