Asked on Sep 05, 2012

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Chloe S
by Chloe S
I would really appreciate any advice concerning this plant. I have had it in water for a month but no roots have come out, I'm not sure what it is or what I need to do in order to plant it. Thank you very much!
q does anyone know what this plant is, gardening, mysterious green plant
mysterious green plant
  47 answers
  • Tess Webster Tess Webster on Sep 05, 2012
    it looks like an onion shoot, without the flower at the top....?

  • Barbara Redmon Barbara Redmon on Sep 05, 2012
    Try root tone or some sort of root hormone and dirt.

  • Vivian S Vivian S on Sep 05, 2012
    Where did you get it? does it smell like an onion?

  • Lori K Lori K on Sep 05, 2012
    if it didn't root in water try it in a sandy soil?

  • Azzie Miller Azzie Miller on Sep 05, 2012
    Aloe plant?

  • Cheryl E Cheryl E on Sep 05, 2012
    Where did you get it? I'm guessing that you don't have enough of the plant (i.e, a part of it that has tissue that could generate roots) for a viable individual here.

  • Jocelyn Joyce-Anderson Jocelyn Joyce-Anderson on Sep 05, 2012
    It's a variety of Mother in law tongue plant or snake plant. Sansevieria Family

  • Lisa Conner Lisa Conner on Sep 05, 2012
    need a better pic but looks like a shoot of some sort, where did you get it, did you start it from another plant? Need more info.

  • Jocelyn Joyce-Anderson Jocelyn Joyce-Anderson on Sep 05, 2012
    I just stuck mine in the planter and watered it. Rooted in about 3 weeks.

  • Jane Russell Jane Russell on Sep 05, 2012
    looks like what they call a milk weed.

  • Cheryl Stewart Cheryl Stewart on Sep 05, 2012
    get some root starter its great and follow directions l;ooks like a leek

  • Theresa Morris Theresa Morris on Sep 05, 2012
    Not sure either, But I would plant it in a pot with dirt. Some tropical flowers look & start like that. Plumeria plants grow like that. Good luck ..I'm interested in knowing what it is myself.

  • Johanna Johnson Johanna Johnson on Sep 05, 2012
    thinking it could be a plant native to Hawaii don't know the name try sand and water let us know

  • Mary Meyer Mary Meyer on Sep 05, 2012
    sansevieria rotafolia or ..something like that. It is similar to a sansevieria. It is slow to root, but I would put it in potting soil and not water. If it is what I think, it is stiff and has a texture like a standard sansevieria. It's a cool plant.

  • Tracy kimbro Tracy kimbro on Sep 05, 2012
    I think it is an African Lizard tongue plant that when put in warm water grows feet and arms and attacks people in their sleep . They had a report on the national news tonight that ate up a whole family because they refused to let it watch reruns of Green Acres in russian . They say once you have touched the plant that you must immediately strip down to your underwear cover your whole body in axel grease and peanut butter and run as fast to you can to the nearest sewer treatment plant and jump in . I wish you good luck on removing this plant from your home . I would do it before the next full month comes . I have heard were wolves like to eat them and anyone who has touched a plant such as this one .

  • Elizabeth Stump Kucera Elizabeth Stump Kucera on Sep 05, 2012
    I appears to be a succulent. Let it dry out for a couple of days then put it directly in the soil.

  • Susan Wassick Susan Wassick on Sep 05, 2012
    looks like a piece o your garden hose.

  • Barbara C Barbara C on Sep 05, 2012
    It looks like the stem of my ZZ plant, not sure if it would root or not.

  • Jamala W Jamala W on Sep 05, 2012
    @Susan.. lol...

  • Gail Gail on Sep 05, 2012
    I think Mary M is right- I think it could be the round version of Mother-in-laws tongue-

  • Mary Ruth Mary Ruth on Sep 05, 2012
    BTW... Tracy.. very funny! I had a good chuckle reading your response!

  • Carla Bell Carla Bell on Sep 05, 2012
    Get some Miracle Grow potting soil, and plant it.

  • Suzanne Foos Suzanne Foos on Sep 05, 2012
    Tracy--that is one cool answer LOL Tks for the giggle ;)

  • Felicia Vreeland Felicia Vreeland on Sep 05, 2012
    What state did you find it in? Is it fibrous or gel like. Is it solid or are there leaves wrapped somewhere? from the photo it looks like a candle

  • Wendy Gulliver Wendy Gulliver on Sep 05, 2012
    Is it hollow? It looks like an onion leaf.

  • Kim Geoffroy Kim Geoffroy on Sep 05, 2012
    Not sure what it is called, but I have one I bought from Walmart for $1.00 about 4 years ago, and it grows very well. I would put it in dirt and keep damp. I cut one and did this and it was good. Good luck.

  • Kathy Vest Kathy Vest on Sep 05, 2012
    it looks like you cut the tops off an onion that was growing.

  • Dawn Dawn on Sep 05, 2012
    Appears to be a snake plant. Cut stem into 2" segments, lay on paper plate or towel, making sure that the larger (rooting ends) are all facing the same way. Allow to heal for 24-48 hours so scare tissue will form on cuts. Place large end (rooting) in well drained container filled with moist sand. Keep in warm place (70-80*) out of direct sunlight. Keep sand moist. Roots will form in 4-6 weeks.

  • Alberta W Alberta W on Sep 05, 2012
    It's not aloe.....humm I don't know what is it?

  • Denise R Denise R on Sep 05, 2012
    Looks like aloe .

  • Judy H Judy H on Sep 05, 2012
    look up African Spike plant...could be that !!!!!

  • Esther Thomas Esther Thomas on Sep 05, 2012
    Ask your garden nursery or agriculture department.

  • Hannah T Hannah T on Sep 05, 2012
    I've know them to be called Snake Plants. They look like Snakes coming out of the ground in tall spikes

  • Karen M Karen M on Sep 05, 2012
    Looks like a pencil cactus. Round? I always thought Snake plants were striped and flat and also called Motherinlaws Tongue. What you have looks like a pencil cactus to me. Mine all grew roots in water after a while.

  • Betty Betty on Sep 05, 2012
    Chole,Come back and let us know what you learn it to be.OK,Thanks

  • Michela M Michela M on Sep 05, 2012
    Not certain, but it looks like a horsetail plant to me, a perennial that can become invasive. Likes to be in moist earth, sun or mostly sun. Hardy in areas with a cold winter.

  • Valli Seidle Valli Seidle on Sep 06, 2012
    It looks like sansavera not root in water...soil only...dry plant....related to mother in law tongue....shade or smell sweet. If it dies call me I'll send more....easy to grow outside or inside...will live in dark too,

  • Chloe S Chloe S on Sep 06, 2012
    wow thank you all so much for getting back to me. after looking through everything I think it must be the African Spear plant, thank you angelab for the photo link. I'm going to stick it in a pot and see what happens!

  • Ellen Ellen on Sep 06, 2012
    Cylindrical Sansevieria - a member of the snake plant family.

  • Teresa Mireles Teresa Mireles on Sep 06, 2012
    If you cut the bottom about a 1/4 inch. let it dry for a couple of days,dip that end in root starter and in sandy soil. It should take off. We have had one for almost thirty years. Don't know the name but it sure has taken off. We have them in pots in our front yd. Need little water in our hot weather.

  • Brenda C Brenda C on Sep 06, 2012
    Looks like a succulent - Aloe plant.

  • Maggie Maggie on Sep 06, 2012
    looks ike an aloe plant

  • Betty Heckart Betty Heckart on Sep 29, 2013

  • Darla.mae. Darla.mae. on Dec 06, 2013
    my daughter has one she said it is a spider cactus .

  • Nancy Hinds Nancy Hinds on Dec 07, 2013
    Hollow or solid? Have an oniony or garlic scent? Any flower or top to this? Where did it come from?

  • Darla.mae. Darla.mae. on Dec 08, 2013
    Its hollow, it does not bloom ,I don,t know anything else about it except it is not fragrant . the growth pattern has no form . it just shoots out every still a pretty plant .