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Mystery flower

These suddenly sprang up under a tree in a batch of pine thatch. What are they? I can't find anything similar in my books or on the web.

[img]https://davecrane.info/lakeconroe.jpg[/img]

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Could it be freesia? Does it have a wonderful, but not overpowering, aroma?

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cynthia_h wrote:Could it be freesia? Does it have a wonderful, but not overpowering, aroma.
No, it appears to be odorless. I doubt that it's an exotic. Probably some kind of east Texas native.

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Each of the trumpet-shaped blossoms is almost two inches long on very tall stems. Here's an idea of what the foliage looks like:

[img]https://davecrane.info/lakeconroe2.jpg[/img]

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I believe it is [url=https://www.nichegardens.com/catalog/item.php?id=1047]Alstroemeria psittacina 'Variegata'[/url]?

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Kisal wrote:I believe it is [url=https://www.nichegardens.com/catalog/item.php?id=1047]Alstroemeria psittacina 'Variegata'[/url]?
Thank you very much! Northern Brazil, eh? Must be left over from the folks who lived here five years ago. First time I've noticed it.

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I think it's a very pretty plant. I found one report that said they were known to grow north of where I live. I may get some and try them in some of the more sheltered parts of my yard. :D

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We called them Surprise Lilies
Some people weave burlap into the fabric of our lives, and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture beautiful and unique.

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There are some Alstromeria that are hardier further north, but nothing I have seen as sweet and refined as that one. Very nice...

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I'm definitely going to get some of these. I showed the picture to a friend, who is far more accomplished as a gardener than am I. She said she used to grow them in her yard, before she moved into her apartment. She only lives a few blocks away from me, so now, I'm excited about having some. :D

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