– Star of Bethlehem
About a foot high.
Flowers white, in May and early June.
There are two or three varieties of this bulb;
the finest Ornithogalum Arabicum, is not quite hardy in
ordinary English latitudes, and should have the
help of a southern border and some leaves and
sand over the roots in winter.
Ornithogalum nutans and Ornithogalum
umbellatum are hardy, and only need to be taken
up and divided every third or fourth year.
Star of Bethlehem has strap-shaped leaves, and
a head of flowers on a central stalk.
In Ornithogalum Arabicum
they are white with a very dark, almost black
centre; in Ornithogalum umbellatum they are greenish white.
Ornithogalum nutans prefer shade, and may be naturalised