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Been meaning to get this identified... It's in a flowerbed I'm planning on clearing eventually, and I'm trying to transplant out of it, and relocate stuff... stuff that's good. :)

This was taken 10 days ago, in northeastern pennsylvania.
It's all droopy now.
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Re: white flower...

I'd suspect some type of Hyacinth, maybe the "Spanish" one.

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Re: white flower...

Hmmm I cant see the picture...
...as lot others... which you upload from shop wiki.com ...
...they vanish very soon... so I recommended to you to use forum option for upload a picture...
...then they can stay here like forever... and you will get your identification with time... :wink:
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Re: white flower...

sorry should be good now.
It was a domain issue with my web site.

Still not really sure what that was.
And unfortunately I didnt get a chance to transplant it before it died back & disappeared. :(
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Re: white flower...

Could they be Freesia?

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Re: white flower...

LOL I see picture now... but I don't know what that is hehe...

...it is not Fresia... ;-)
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Re: white flower...

In the future, please show some of the leaves with the flowers, makes it much easier to ID. If all the leaves are at the bottom, with just the flower spikes sticking up, it might be a hosta. I don't think hyacinth, whose flowers tend to be much more packed together.

Here's some hosta images:

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... flower.jpg

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https://www.tsflowers.com/hosta.jpg

hostas mostly come in white or lavender flowers with leaves that can be small or huge, mostly oval or heart shaped. Often grown for the ornamental foliage, it might be blue or gold or variegated.
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Re: white flower...

I would bet that Rainbow is right. Before I moved, I had a royal hosta that had huge leaves and beautiful flowers much like the flowers on your plant.
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Re: white flower...

I believe that's spring flower which have bulb...
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Re: white flower...

Not quite. Mine is just blooming now and although people sometimes talk (loosely) about hosta bulbs, it is actually a rhizome.
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Re: white flower...

Yes, something like Scilla, Brimeura, or Hyacinthoides hispanica, suggested above (Spanish Hyacinth.)

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Re: white flower...

Whether we think that is a little spring bulb like scilla or spanish hyacinth or we think it is hosta would depend on how big that flower stalk is. You didn't give us any size comparison, watermelon. Also is that a current picture? The spring bulb flowers would be long gone, where as hostas are just blooming now. So unless that is a picture from a couple months ago, I still think hosta. And if that flower stalk is a foot or more tall, I think hosta.
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Re: white flower...

Good point, without contextual clues, these blooms are strikingly similar! Might also pass for that Salvia people sometimes plant in soldier rows.

I don't know how far behind a particular bulb would be in NE PA. Pic is from 5/18.

Hosta flowers, the individual flowers more droopy at the bottom while upright at the top, this pic shows upright at the bottom, more droopy toward the top. That's what's leaning me away from Hosta, although they are similar, and the timing.

Since Watermelon wants to dig it up anyway, we may be able to decide by seeing what's going on under the ground. Sometimes I remember to wipe dirty hands to take pics I want later, sometimes not. Would you want to add a pic of the leaves for now, W?

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Re: white flower...

Oh but they're tuberoses! I'll never forget the flowers in my wedding bouquet :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polianthes_tuberosa

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Re: white flower...

...flowers are to small...

I have idea !!

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Re: white flower...

I'm not convinced about the tuberose, but if they were, they would be very fragrant. And if they are the wood hyacinth, they are less than 12" tall. Generally the wood hyacinth (spanish blue bell) flowers are more packed together:

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Are you still here watermelon? Give us some more clues. How tall were these flower spikes? Were the flowers fragrant? What do the leaves with them look like?
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Re: white flower...

Very nice pic! And good points. Would tuberose be hardy in PA? No familiarity at all...

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No tuberose doesn't tolerate cold at all. Not perennial north of zone 8.
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Re: white flower...

Unfortunately watermelon never came back to give us any more info.

I was reminded of this picture while looking at all the yucca that is in bloom around me now.

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https://morningjoy.files.wordpress.com/2 ... blooms.jpg

So if the flower stalks are very small, 8 - 10" or so, it could be something like scilla.

If they are 2' tall or so, could be hosta.

If they are 4' tall, could be yucca.

Without some perspective/ context clues, it is hard to tell.
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Re: white flower...

Yes, I long for a follow-up also. Continuing to babble may help. People get busy, distracted.

Your pic is more than a lovely consolation prize! I've also noticed the Yuccas blooming around here lately. I don't want these plants in my yard, but admire them as drive-by sights, big, striking white spikes.

Saw something yesterday that's similar but HUGE, had a bloom stalk that was around 15 feet. I was going 55... If it hadn't been raining, I would have stopped for a pic of what I'm almost certain was Agave americana (century plant) about to put on a rather large, showy show. Hopefully I will have occasion to drive by it again while the show is going on, for a pic.

A few years ago there was an article in the local paper about a lady who had caught the city maintenance crew about to cut the flower stalk of her century plant because it was a few feet under power lines. Once she explained what it was, they agreed it should be left alone until finished blooming, had a pic of it with the article, the lady and the maintenance guys standing by it. I went by there the next day doing errands and wasn't alone when I stopped to take a look at it. As you can imagine in a really small town, such an interesting story and plant caught a lot of people's attention.

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