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Greenway Star-of-Bethlehem | by Thomas Cizauskas
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Greenway Star-of-Bethlehem

Small Garden Star-of-Bethlehem wildflowers, blooming on...


East Decatur Greenway

DeKalb County (Winnona Park), Georgia, USA.

7 April 2021.



Ornithogalum umbellatum —aka garden star-of-Bethlehem, grass lily, nap-at-noon, or eleven-o'clock lady— is a perennial bulbous flowering plant in the asparagus family (Asparagaceae). A native of most of Europe, North Africa, and western Asia, Ornithogalum umbellatum has been adopted as an ornamental garden plant from where it has escaped and naturalized widely in North America, where it is considered an aggressive noxious weed.


A relatively short plant, it produces conspicuous white flowers, in a stellate pattern, in mid to late spring. The flowers open late in the day (hence some of its common names), but when closed have a green stripe on the outside. The petals exhibit photoperiodism, often opening at noon and closing at night or on cloudy days."



▶ This is a closeup. The blossoms appear much larger in the image than they did in 'real' life.

▶ Closer, top-down view: here.



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Taken on April 7, 2021