Star-of-Bethlehem - Ornithogalum umbellatum

    Alt Name
    Garden Star-of Bethlehem, Common Star-of Bethlehem, Ornithogalum angustifolium
    Description

    Short, hairless erect plant with 6 to 9 linear channelled leaves. Flowers glistening white stars 28 to 38 mm, anthers yellow, the tepals with a broad band of green on the outside.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grassy places, meadows and roadside verges.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History

    Perennial - Sometimes seen as a casual or garden escape, but as shown in the photographs, established colonies do exist in flower meadows in our area.

    UK Status

    Naturalised much of Britain but never common

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon as a naturalised flower in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 8 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map