Delicate white bells
Hanging from the thin green stem
Hidden in the shade
I am ashamed to admit I don’t know the botanical name for this tall thin graceful perineal plant that springs up early every spring next to the trillium bunch growing in the shady part of my property. In that same shady area next to the trillium is the shamrock (oxalis acetosella); all three are blooming at the same time. It is lovely.
The native wild trillium’s beauty is outstanding, blossoms with big floppy pale white almost transparent petals and large green leaves; also the shamrock with its club shaped leaves showing off its delicate white flute shaped flowers. But, this mystery plant is charming with a long thin strong stem and at the top there may be one or two small blossoms shaped like bells. It appears to hang its head down not wanting to be noticed, protecting and not wanting to share the dark yellow pollen at the end of its stamens with the bees and insects.