Not a fritillaria. Can anyone ID this for me?

lilgreenfrogJune 4, 2008

Hello; I had this bulb bloom for me a few weeks ago, and it was a surprise. I didn't buy anything that looks like this, and its my first season with bulbs (planted last fall). I ordered Fritillaria meleagris alba, which this is clearly not. However, I got no Fritillaria blooms, and this came up instead.

The foliage was unremarkable...long thin leaves. Also, this bloomed after everything else was done. The flowers are small, about a half inch across. Don't know if that helps...

Thanks, Lara

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

YIKES!...That looks like it might be Star of Bethlehem,,,aka sob...aka Ornithogalum umbellatum...aka the Flower from Hell

Could it be?

Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: Ornithogalum umbellatum

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 11:03PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

That's my guess too. Make sure you really love it before setting it free in the garden!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2008 at 4:15PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Can you tell if the narrow strap like foliage had a faint white line down the center? If so, that's it.

You can read my rant about it on my member page. Most all of the property here is infested with it. I spend about 3 months each spring, digging it out and destroying, until the foliage goes dormant and I can no longer find it to dig out.

Sue

    Bookmark   June 6, 2008 at 5:43PM
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greenmulberry(5-Iowa City)

Wow, I had no idea that Star of Bethlehem was so hated!

I had to research what it was because I have clumps of it coming up all over my lawn and at the base of trees. I do think it is very cute and harmless in the lawn, but I suppose I will reconsider digging it up and putting it in flowerbeds?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 5:43PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I suppose I will reconsider digging it up and putting it in flowerbeds?
I have been digging it out of flower beds for 20 years now, since I initially made several beds without digging out all the bulbs, or changing out the soil down to about 6 inches.

Each spring I spend from late Feb until late May, digging them while the foliage is still visible. I don't intend to make any more beds and then have that stuff coming up like grass each spring in beds.

I would like to till up an area and plant some annuals, but I know that instead of having say 40 clumps of 100 bulbs I will then have 4,000 individual bulbs and bulblets mixed into the soil.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 8:27PM
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ofionnachta(z6 WNJ)

And from whom did you order the fritillaria? If they sent you those star of Bethlehells, I hope you never order from them again!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 8:05PM
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