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Hi!

This lovely white flower appeared in my garden very recently. I haven't planted anything new in the planter recently and I don't recognise it as being there last year. Can anyone please help me to identify it?

Thank you!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,882

    Hi White Flower. You have a white Sanish bluebell there - obviously a mystery as it magically appeared image

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,882

    Oops should read Spanish!

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    They look like white bluebells to me.

    I think someone posted a photo of some a few days ago, possibly on one of the garden pictures threads.

  • Thank you for your replies!

    I suspected it was a bluebell, but I've never seen a white one before! That's why I was unsure of what it was.

    I've read that native white bluebells are rare whereas Spanish ones are quite common. How can I tell the difference between Spanish and native bluebells?

    Thank you!

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Use the search facility at the top of the page to find the thread "English vs Spanish bluebells" 

    Lots of us were asking the same question. Treehugger did some photos and descriptions to help.

    Sorry I can't do a link, not that clever at techy stuff.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Just bumped it to page one for you white flower. image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,882

    English bluebell flowers only grow out from one side of the main stem, hence their drooping appearance. Spanish bluebell flowers grow all around the main stem.

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  • Thanks Kitty2. I have read the other thread and found it useful.

    The white bluebells in my garden are mildly scented (native), they have tubular anthers (native), the leaves are long and narrow (native) but some of the flowers are on the 'back' of the stem (Spanish). Perhaps I have a hybrid? I'm still not sure though.

    Interestingly I don't have any regular blue bluebells at all, all the ones I have are pure white, in three separate locations in the garden (front and back). I'm quite excited at the thought of finding a potentially rare flower in my garden though! I hope Treehugger sees my thread so they can give me their opinion...! image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,882

    It would be very exciting for sure. Unfortunately the Spanish and English bluebells hybridise easily - such a shame as it would be nice to just have our own home grown bluebells filling all our gardens rather than the rampant Spanish and their hybrids.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,406
    ali42 says:

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