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Star of Bethlehem

Ornithogalum umbellatum campestre

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Asparagaceae (Asparagus)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The flower spikes reach up to 10 inches in length and contain around 12 to 30, 6-petalled white flowers. Each petal is pointed and has a green band on the back. The star-shaped flowers open each morning as the sun appears and then closes in the evening after the sun has gone.
Fruit:
The flowers develop into capsules.
Leaves:
Linear and grass-like with a central white stripe.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of this plant are poisonous, in particular the bulbs and flowers.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Arabian Star Flower, Common Star of Bethlehem, Dove's Dung, Eleven-o'clock Lady, Grass Lily, Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, Nap at Noon, Nap-at-noon, Sleepy Dick, Summer Snowflake, Ten o'clock Lady, Wonder Flower.
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, scrub, woodland.