Star-of-Bethlehem

Ornithogalum umbellatum

Photo of Star-of-Bethlehem
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Star-of-Bethlehem is an attractive ornamental but has escaped and is often found in large patches. The leaves resemble wild garlic but the bulb has no odor. The early spring flower is quite pretty but the bulb is poisonous and has caused the death of animals and children. Frost heaving brings the bulb to the surface.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences