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Yellow Star of Bethlehem

Gagea lutea

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Liliales
Family:
Liliaceae (Lily)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, lawns, parkland, riverbanks, riversides, woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 6 petals
 
Clusters of golden yellow, star-shaped flowers. The undersides of the petals each have a green stripe running through the middle. Up to 25mm in diameter. Insect-pollinated.
Fruit:
A bristly 3-parted capsule.
Leaves:
Yellow Star of Bethlehem is a bulbous perennial herb with linear leaves. Stem leaves are absent but 1 (sometimes 2) emerges from the base of the plant. The leaves are slightly reminiscent of Bluebell but smaller and narrower. The undersides of the leaves have 3 parallel veins.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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