Weedy Star-of-Bethlehem from Phyllis in SC

We have this growing in our perennial bed and have left it as it is not unattractive. Since we don’t remember planting it, we don’t know if it’s a weed…which we suspect. Thank you.

Hi Phyllis,

some consider this a weed, some not so much.  It is the introduced and widely established Star-of-Bethlehem, Ornithogalum umbellatum.  It is known to be toxic to some animals if eaten; I’m not sure about its effect on humans.  It is somewhat hard to get rid of because it produces many small bulbs a lot like Wild garlic.  So, if you want to get rid of it, be sure to dig up the whole clump with its root ball and make sure no bulbs are left.   You can probably tell, I lean towards it being a weed.



Dr. Steven R. Hill, Botanist, SCNPS


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