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Ornithogalum umbellatum (Star of Bethlehem)

Star of Bethlehem, Grass Lily, Nap-at-Noon, Eleven-o'clock Lady, Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon , Sleepy Dick, Summer snowflake, Ten-o'clock Lady


Ornithogalum umbellatum (Star of Bethlehem) is a bulbous perennial bearing pretty racemes of star-shaped white flowers, green on the outside, in late spring to early summer. The flowers open only if enough sunlight is present. During dull weather, they close to display the green exteriors of their petals. Each stem bears up to 16-20 starry white flowers that are arranged in loose umbels. The foliage of linear leaves, adorned with a white mid-vein, fades as the flowers emerge. Star of Bethlehem is a vigorous naturalizer, often spreading rapidly by offsets. Best planted in areas where this plant will not disturb other plants.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm). Naturalizes well where happy. This species is listed as a Class C Noxious Weed in the State of Alabama.
  • Thrives in moderately fertile, moist and well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Some tolerance for dry soils once established.
  • Great in grass, meadows, woodlands, or underplanting roses and shrubs.
  • Pest and disease free. Deer and rabbit resistant
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.
  • Native to the Mediterranean region.

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A member of the Hyacinth family, Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem) are bulbous perennials grown for their clusters of typically star-shaped, white flowers in spring or summer, depending on the species. They quickly form large clumps of grassy or strap-like leaves.. However, some basic rules need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.Read More

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Ornithogalum - Star of Bethlehem
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Depth 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Ornithogalum - Star of Bethlehem
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Depth 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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