Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem - Gagea lutea


    Low to short, slender plant with a hairless stem. Basal leaf solitary, linear-lanceolate, flat, 5 to 12 mm broad, generally yellowish green. Stem leaves 2 opposite or sub opposite, lanceolate, margin hairy. Flowers 7, yellow, 15 to 25 mm in an umbel like cluster, each tepal with a band of green on the back.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp grassland, scrub and open damp woods, especially on basic soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers March to May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Scattered localities, mainly in central and northern England and southern Scotland. Uncommon in southern England.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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