star of bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum). Photo: Betty Marose

Updated: March 4, 2021

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

new star of bethlehem foliage
Newly emerging star of Bethlehem (March)
star of bethlehem bulbs
Star of Bethlehem bulbs