These were tall grasses, meant to withstand the conditions that we have. They went brown, and I thought they were dormant. So I cut them back, and let them regroup. That was a year ago. So they are "permanently dormant". Time to try again.
Here is the repot. Still a tall grass-like leaf. I'm told these will withstand anything. Given that the San Francisco climate is not what we would call "harsh", I hope they work out.