Ornithogalum umbellatum
star of Bethlehem

Ornithogalum umbellatum

Ornithogalum umbellatum
Ornithogalum umbellatum
Photos courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Ornithogalum umbellatum
Common name: star of Bethlehem
Group: monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 4-12"
Foliage: shiny, dark green with a white midrib; 4-12" long; hollow cross-section, resembling grass or wild garlic
Flower: white, 6 tepals resembling a star on leafles scapes, 1" across
Flowering time: early May to June
Habitat: moist soil of streamsides, low woods, open disturbed ground
Range in New Jersey: through the Piedmont, the Inner Coastal Plain, and the Delaware Bay area
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a