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20/04/2013 at 20:29

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.

 

20/04/2013 at 20:31

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

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22386.jpg?width=547&height=350&mode=max

 

20/04/2013 at 20:48

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.

20/04/2013 at 20:52

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

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22390.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

20/04/2013 at 21:01

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.

20/04/2013 at 21:15

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

20/04/2013 at 21:19

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

20/04/2013 at 21:24

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.

20/04/2013 at 21:32

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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