What are these?

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Old 10-31-06, 11:29 PM
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What are these?

I have a few different things that I need to ID.

First is a grass bush that looks pretty cool to me:
http://www.cienega32.com/house/grass1.jpg
http://www.cienega32.com/house/grass2.jpg

Another is a little evergreen looking bush (one of which is 1/2 dead) and smell pretty good:
http://www.cienega32.com/house/bush1.jpg
http://www.cienega32.com/house/bush2.jpg

The last is purplish tree that I find interesting:
http://www.cienega32.com/house/redtree1.jpg
http://www.cienega32.com/house/redtree2.jpg

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Old 11-01-06, 04:28 AM
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Hi -- Cienega

I don't know if you ever got a response to your 11/2005 photos but I took a look and here's what they look like to me.

The grass looks like Papyrus. If it is, you can grow it in water.

The shrub looks like a Yew (taxus) but the coloration in the close up doesn't look "real"

The tree, I think is either a beach or purple plum.

If not -- that should give you some clues to try.

Good Luck

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Old 11-02-06, 09:08 AM
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Hi Cienega,

I agree with Hosta Lover for #1 and #3. I think #2 is rosemary - Rosemary officinalis. I noticed the little blue flowers. Did you touch it and notice a fragrance?
http://www.azarboretum.org/plantlist/rosemary.htm

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Old 11-03-06, 08:45 PM
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Yeah - after being able to look in the right direction, thanks to the tips here, I think the 2nd one is Rosemary as well. Oh yeah, Newt - it's a stinker. Anytime I 'disturb' it really kicks it in nicely.

That grassy one is interesting. It goes dead brown over the winter and, never seeing it before, worried me a bit. But man, did it plump up with those big 'flowers'? on it. I just don't know if I'm suppossed to do anything with it over the winter. Cut it back? Trim it out? Leave it be?

The purple I just can't seem to match to the suggestions of what it is - real close tho' so it must be.

Remember now folks - this is my first year (since mid-Feb) with these things (most I've never seen before) and it's pretty amazing to see all the changes.
 
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Old 11-04-06, 10:09 AM
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Cienega, I've got a great recipe for rosemary potatoes! It's a favorite at my house and goes well with Teriaki flavored meats or ham or pork roast.

Maybe your tree is a forest pansy redbud - Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'? The tree shape doesn't fit for me and the veins of the leaves don't seem to quite fit, but when it blooms in the spring you'll know for sure. Do you remember if when it bloomed the leaves were present or did it look like the limbs were blooming without leaves?
http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/horticulture/Gold%20Medal%20Winners/GoldMedal-2002/redbud-1.jpg
http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/horticulture/Gold%20Medal%20Winners/GoldMedal-2002/Redbud-2.jpg
http://www.msstate.edu/org/arboretum/cercispansy.htm
http://www.ridgecrestnursery.com/Eastern_Redbud.htm

The flowers are what you are seeing at the top of the 'umbrella' of the papyrus. Umbrella plant is one of the nicknames for papyrus, but other plants also have that name. That's why it's often best to use botanical names. They do change color with the colder weather. You can prune or not in winter. Pruned plants take longer to catch up in spring then unpruned ones. You will probably have to dig it up and divide it after another year or two. They send out underground shoots and will either take over the bed or have no where to go. If they have no where to go the older part of the plant will die off and the newer sprouts will grow. Here's some growing info.
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_Display.cfm?pCatId=792

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Old 11-08-06, 11:09 AM
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Cienega, I need to make a correction to an id I made for you you. In searching further I think your first set of pictures of your grassy plant is umbrella plant - Cyperus alternifolius. It is a member of the sedge family of plants.
http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week054.shtml
http://www.dipbot.unict.it/orto/0064-1.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyperus_alternifolius

Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 11-08-06, 08:48 PM
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Those look pretty close and I haven't yet seen the bronze color that your first link talked about.

As far as the confusion from your mistake - don't let it happen again. Only kidding - only kidding! ANYthing is helpful to me at this point and you folks here are a great help! I'm learning a lot!
 
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Old 11-09-06, 05:20 PM
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Cienega, glad I was able to find that for you. I was actually searching for a houseplant for someone else when I stumbled across it. I'm so glad that you are learning from this site and that it's helpful to you. (I know you are kidding me!)

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