“What’s This?”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
There has been a mystery plant that has been showing up every now and then around here that really has me puzzled. It has only been showing up for about three years now. I usually shows up in the lawn, and only one at a time. Sometimes only one a year rarely more than two. It is hard to spot in the lawn, because the tiny white flowers sometimes make it look like the sun is reflecting off a blade of grass, so you have to do a double take to make sure you actually saw some white. The stalk is only about three inches high, has tiny white bell-shaped flowers, and looks like it could be a thick blade of grass.
This year it has shown up in the circle garden, so I was able to get a better look and a photo. Here it is next to some yellow violas that should help show the size of this mystery plant. It is just a stalk, no leaves yet.
I have looked this up in all my wildflower books and can come up with nothing. I have only seen this in the spring, or I should say I have only seen the flowers in the spring. It evidently has little foliage interest because I never have noticed anything growing in the lawn after sprintime (or maybe the lawn mower cuts it down?). This little plant has sparked a big curiosity in me. I am dying to know what this is after seeing it around for three years. It is amazing how a plant will just shows up all of a sudden. If anybody has any ideas as to what this could be, let me know.