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What is This Mystery Flower?

If you've been reading my little mom blog for a while, you probably know that I garden. A lot.

I have an extensive flower garden, and Joe and I have five separate vegetable beds.

I know plants well.

Last week, when I was transplanting some shasta daisies that sprung up in the grass, I found these white flowers.

mystery white flower

Here's what I know:

  • I live in zone 6b.
  • I did not plant this little beauty, and I have lived in this house for 11 years. It either grew from a seed or a critter brought in a bulb from elsewhere.
  • The flowers were closed and gone the very next day. I'm not sure if they were open the day before or not.
  • The flowers were at the top of an 8-inch spike. The spike was thin, smaller around than a pencil.
  • There were no leaves near the spike, though I could see where some grass-like leaves had whithered up.
  • The whole thing was underneath my peonies, totally in the shade. I don't imagine they get sun at all during the day.

So help a girl out. Do you know what these flowers are?

 

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9 thoughts on “What is This Mystery Flower?”

  1. Really??? I am going to have to do some research. Where they are is under the peonies, but that flower bed is dominated by some awful ground cover that a previous owner planted. I hate it. It’s ugly and gets tall and doesn’t even flower. This, though! If this would edge out that ugly ground cover, I might not mind.
    Will I live to regret that?

    They are so beautiful! I wonder where they came from.

  2. Tara, I believe this is a Star of Bethlehem!  Does it have green under the petals?  It is very beautiful!  The weather is just getting warm enough here to plant. Â  I purchased all my flowers last night, and today was too rainy to plant.  Boo! 🙁
    Katie R.

  3. Oops, never mind, I can see the green under the petals.  Yes, I do believe that is a Star of Bethlehem.
    Katie R.

  4. NOT STAR OF BETHLEHEM!  {I am a professional florist, so I know} IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT, A NATIVE LILY THAT GROWS IN PA CALLED THE Â “SPECKLED WOOD-LILY”. IT IS TOXIC TO ANIMALS/PETS ACCORDING TO THE ASPCA BUT OTHERWISE IS HARMLESS. JUST NATIVE TO OUR REGION 🙂
    HERE IS A LINK OF A PICTURE OF A “SPECKLED WOOD-LILY”:

    • I wish that was it! If it was, I wouldn’t have to worry about a highly invasive weed-like plant that spreads like fire. Alas, it is a Star of Bethlehem. I am sure of it after having done some research and looked at lots of pictures of both the wood lily and the Star of Bethlehem. Bummer.

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