Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem - Ornithogalum nutans

    Description

    This plant has strap-shaped leaves with silvery central veins. Erect stems to 45cm bear one-sided racemes of up to 15 nodding, bell-shaped white flowers 3cm in width, with a green stripe on the outside of each tepal.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Often grown in gardens and sometimes escaping and becoming naturalised, at least for a while.

    When to see it

    Flowers in April and May.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but localised in Britain with most records coming from East Anglia and the Welsh borders.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map