Scientific Name:
Ornithogalum umbellatum L. (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):
Star of Bethlehem

Clump-forming, green or glaucous, usually glabrous, 10–30 cm high. Bulb to 3 cm diam.; bulbils many. Leaves 6–9, 8–30 cm × 2–6 mm, usually > scape, deeply channelled with white shining median line. Bracts membranous, to 5 cm long, linear-lanceolate. Flowers 6–20, in a corymbose raceme, pedicels spreading, lowest to 6 cm long, ± horizontal after flowering; segments 15–20 mm long, white with green median stripe externally, persistent and membranous at fruiting. Capsule oblong-obovoid, 6-angled.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3.]


Flowering: Oct.–Nov.