White, six petals with fused sepals

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    mihal Peterfi Mihal

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    A small white flowered plant, multiple flowers at the tops of smooth stems, low-to-the-ground.

    Flowers white with six slender, lanceolate petals. At first, looks like six green sepals, but they are actually fused to the petals (green stripe on back of petals, slight ridge on front). Six golden anthers around a center pistil. An odd-structure surrounding the anthers, could be true-petals with the "petals" being odd bracts.

    The flowers close in two parts. Three "petals" close with three open, then the other three close somewhat later. Profile looks like a trillium for a bit.

    The only leaves I can find are onion-like--- wispy bits clasping the stem.

    Anyone have a guess? Just started blooming here today. I may be able to put up a picture or scan my sketch tomorrow.
     
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    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    star of bethlehem?
     

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    mihal Peterfi Mihal

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    That is exactly what it is. Interesting: it is not supposed to be here. It is listed as invasive though, so it may have spread since this book was printed.

    Thank You,
     
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    it is everywhere where i live. i cannot say it is wild but it grows like it is native. it must be invasive.