Another mystery plant for identification
Thu, 12 May 2011 13:59:55 PDT
While driving around viewing the plantings of the filthy rich yesterday, my eye 
was caught by a plant I've never seen before.

Inflorescence organized like that of bluebells (Endymion). Individual flowers 
white, campanulate, hanging down, white with a narrow green stripe down the 
center of each petal. Foliage with slightly onion-y scent, color a clear mid-
green (quite pretty, in fact), flat, keeled on the reverse. Plants abt 15" (35-
40 cm) tall.

It's planted in a waste area in under Douglas firs, but is thriving and is 
clearly pretty invasive. Though pretty, bitter experience told me not to dig 
any up and bring it home, lest I have years of sorrow trying to extirpate it.

Afterwards, while dozing before going to sleep, I realized what it reminded me 
of: that horror, Nothoscordum inodorum, though my first reaction on seeing that 
green stripe was "ornithogalum".

Sound familiar to anyone?

Sorrow, didn't have my camera with me so no photo. Hopefully the verbal 
description will trigger someone's memory.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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