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smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
1:38 AM

Post #26770

This adorable little flower has been popping up all spring in a wooded area adjacent to our property. I'm sure it was there last spring, and I just didn't notice it. Any idea what it is?

The bulbs of the flowering ones are anywhere from the size of a dime to barely the size of a quarter. Each little clump like this one has 50-75 little bulblets, too, of various sizes. Cute. Cute. Cute.

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Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


April 12, 2002
2:09 AM

Post #241309

It looks like it might be white blue eyed grass Sisyrinchium albidum http://plantsdatabase.com/go/2189.html
In our very own DG database
smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
2:15 AM

Post #241313

The flower looks very similar, but the one I have is a bulb and the foliage is not "evergreen". In some clumps, the foliage is already starting to die back, like a daffodil's does.
imaseedpicker

(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2002
2:22 AM

Post #241317

I have these too and someone told me they are star of bethlehem...
plantnutz
Austell, GA
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
2:28 AM

Post #241326

I'm with imaseedpicker. Darn it, what is the botanical name, starts with an 'o' I think. I have some too, but it has never bloomed. What am I doing wrong? Does the foliage have sort of a sripe? Brenda

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


April 12, 2002
2:33 AM

Post #241328

Ornithogalum umbellatum, aka Star of Bethlehem (here it is in te PDB: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/495.html)
smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
2:56 AM

Post #241347

Wow! You folks absolutely amaze me. I'm obviously going to have to work a lot harder to stump you all. :)

Seriously, thanks so much, everyone, especially you, Terry (although the hyperlink didn't work for some reason).

Plantnutz, these are in a fairly woody area among english ivy and liriope. I'll post another picture on the photo forum with a whole area covered in them.
Georgiaredclay
lagrange, GA
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
3:17 AM

Post #241365

Doesn't look like mu SOB. Similar but I think this grows wild and I have in in my yard now. I've never seen SOB with the greenery that tall and falling over.
smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
3:51 AM

Post #241391

Each little green stem goes to a separate bulb. There are hundreds of them underneath. Some are as small as a pencil eraser. You could almost mistake the little ones for fertilizer "balls".
REDROSE
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2002
5:33 AM

Post #241421

That's pretty, mine at photo forum has blue eyed grass the color is blue real pretty and your's are white it is pretty too.
motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2002
12:17 AM

Post #241764

The bloom and the stem configuration look like Star of Bethlehem. They bloom up here in WI about June and the foliage does die back right away. I then separate the hundreds of tiny bulbs that form in a clump and gift or trade them. The clumping of the bulbs is what help me sort them out from the other early bloomers that I transplant (crocus, glory of the snow, squill)
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


April 13, 2002
3:37 AM

Post #241980

Lord, Georgiaredclay! When I read your post, I thought you were expressing some disfavor for the plant..."SOB"! It took me a minute to realize you were referring to Star of Bethlehem. In our household, the term SOB means my DH is looking for a warm spot to spend the night!
smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2002
2:13 PM

Post #242156

Gracious, but that never occured to me Weezingreens.

Marcia, how well do they grow from those little bulblets and how long does it usually take for them to send up flowers?
Georgiaredclay
lagrange, GA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2002
2:40 PM

Post #242168

I went and found some of the ones I was thinking of and pulled them up and examined them. They are bulbs but each green stem has five of the blooms. Anout one inch below the blooms the stem divides and puts out a shoot and each of these has a bloom.
smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 14, 2002
1:34 AM

Post #242535

That sounds about right. I dug up a bunch more today and moved them around. They are such sweet plants.

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