One summer I found some iris rhizomes growing under my fence from a neighbor’s yard, shredded by my husband’s weed whacker. I picked up a big section of the orange root and set it in a pot in my shed, and forgot about it. Last Spring I found it was growing leaves, so I put it in the ground in one of my shade areas, and forgot about it.
So it was a genuine surprise the other day when I noticed these big iris spears, taller than any of my other irises, with big pink-yellow buds forming at the ends. They began to open on Good Friday, and by this morning there were three big blossoms.
My yard is full of surprises this time of year.
Stephanomeria is a native plant, you see it all around the park and other greenways. After a few days, the flower folds itself up tight, emerging a few days later as a big puffy seed ball, like a giant dandelion.