Mystery Seed of the Week 164

Our mystery seeds come from a plant that is native to Europe, West Asia and Northern Africa, but is now planted throughout the world.


It is a sign of spring.


Although the plant makes seeds, it is unlikely that you grew it from them.

Have you seen these mystery seeds before?

Please leave a comment if you recognize them.

Edit:  The answer is now posted.


  1. Anna

    I think I see 3 chambers, and your hint of not propagated with seeds make me think the seeds might be iris or lilies. The seeds are beautiful with the irredescent shine. Your photos really highlight the beauty, complexity, and amazing variety of seeds out there. Thanks for posting.

  2. Roberta

    You are very close.

    I thought the shine was interesting, as well. I know a lot of seeds with elaiosomes are hard and slippery, but I don’t know if that is part of it.

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