Happy New Year to you! On this first day of 2017, the cold and damp weather is still with us. A few days ago, we were complaining about being too hot, and now we’re cold again. One positive of the cool weather is the prolonged flowering season. In particular, the Pale Vanilla Lily (Arthropodium milleflorum) flowers are prolific right now. In previous years, we’ve been lucky to have a couple of plants all up. I couldn’t even begin to count the plants this year – and they are all over the grassed areas of the property.
Usually, Pale Vanilla Lily flowers have purple tipped anthers and pink to mauve petals. In amongst the mauve, I spotted one plant with white flowers. I wonder how common this is? So far I have not found a reference to white flowers on a Pale Vanilla Lily.
For comparison, I’ve also included a photograph of the standard flower colour. If anyone has more information I am very interested to know more.