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nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

I had one of these last year and 2 this year but it doesn't match anything in my plant list.

The flower belongs to the leaves in the pot, not the shrub. The leaves are very broad and folded. The flowers have a watery translucent look to them.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    But the pic didn't come up, I'll have another go



  • TootsietimTootsietim Posts: 178

    I am wondering if it is an Ornithogalum, such as Ornithogalum nutans. Possibly called the star of bethlehem ??

    Not to be confused with the Bethlehem Star, which was a first century middle eastern newspaper which featured topless shepherd girls on page three.

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    It may be Allium paradoxum.  I'll post a picture I took yesterday in my Butterfly Garden.image


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    Thank you both, I think Marion is right. I've just been out in the dark rubbing the leaves to see if they smell allium. They do. I hadn't noticed that earlier. I don't know where it came from, it's not one I've knowingly acquired. Very nice, I hope it continues to increase.

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    Yes, it will but not too fast like Allium triquetrum.  They are good early nectar source for butterflies.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    Thanks marion, I need plenty of butterfly food. They're all appearing now, lots of brimstones, some small tortoiseshells and peacocks.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,834

    Wish mine would increase, it has stayed at one stem for years. There is a different version which does not flower but produces bulbs instead of a flower head, avoid it all costs. The one to get is Allium paradoxim var. normale.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    Looks like I've got the right one Berghill.

    i googled it and a couple of nurseries selling it said it's a shade plant. Mine appeared from nowhere, in full sun, and seems perfectly happy. It's in a pot at the moment, like an enormous number of other plants, waiting for a new drainage system to be finished.

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