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lmarcum
Nov 5, 2020 2:42 PM CST
I am trying to identify a flower and not getting much help. It comes from a small bulb and blooms very early in the spring with bright blue star-shaped flowers (6 petals each) and grass like green foliage. The blue flowers die after about 2 weeks, leaving the foliage. Then it blooms again with white star-shaped flowers that are similar to Star of David flowers. They last a couple weeks, then die and the plant is dormant the rest of the year. I've been told it's a weed, a phlox, a glory of the snow, and "never heard of such a thing". I'd really like to know what it is because I want more...

That is weird about not producing two different flowers because I didn't plant these bulbs...I think they were brought by squirrels or something - but it's the same plant that bears the flowers. The only thing in the flower bed were tea roses until a single plant appeared one year and they have now spread within the flowerbed and to other parts of the yard - each plant follows the same pattern - blue first, then white. The white flowers remind me of the plant going to seed or something (not that it makes any sense because there are little bulbs there). Sorry, I don't have a picture - not living in that house any more.
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gardengus
Nov 5, 2020 3:00 PM CST
you did not include a photo
Maybe this?
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gardengus
Nov 5, 2020 3:03 PM CST
star of David flowers do come in a blue/purple form also

above flowers are squill they come in a blue also
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gardenfish
Nov 5, 2020 3:11 PM CST
It could be chinodoxa. However two different colors indicate two different varieties of bulbs. The same bulb will not bloom in two different colors.
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lmarcum
Nov 5, 2020 3:50 PM CST
Thumb of 2020-11-05/lmarcum/9dbf44

Try this....hope it downloads ok; its a picture when blooming blue
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crawgarden
Nov 5, 2020 5:27 PM CST
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Looks like a type of Scilla

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crawgarden
Nov 5, 2020 5:28 PM CST
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Looks like a type of Scilla

https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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Leftwood
Nov 5, 2020 7:59 PM CST
Yes, probably Scilla luciliae or Scilla forbesii. Your second whitish one could be the same, but a white form that happens to bloom later, if the flower looks the same (other than the color). Or, just as likely, you could have Scilla blooming first, and a Puschkinia blooming later if it looks like gardengus's photo. Or, perhaps an Ornithogalum species would fit the bill.

The same bulb plant doesn't bloom at two different times in the same spring. It just doesn't happen on a normal basis. But the foliage of many different kinds of bulb plants often look the same. I think you are assuming all the green plants you have are the same, when they actually are different.
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lmarcum
Nov 5, 2020 8:29 PM CST
thanks.
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