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Star of Bethlehem


Star of Bethlehem
Ornithogalum umbellatum

star of bethlehem

Life cycle: bulbous perennial; frequently sold as a spring-flowering bulb (buyer beware!)
Growth habit: grows in tufts in lawn or beds
Reproduction: new bulbs generated each year
Conditions that favor growth: escaped cultivation to become a weed of turfgrass, often in and around old flower gardens; less common along roadsides and waste areas
Cultural control: dig out and dispose of bulbs (bulblets), which is best done when the soil is moist; do not compost

newly sprouted star of bethlehem
Newly emerging star of Bethlehem (March)

numerous star of bethlehem bulbs 
Star of Bethlehem bulbs

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