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Star-of-Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

Star-of-Bethlehem is a small, hardy plant that belongs to the lily family. It grew first in Italy, but now has become a common garden plant in America. Its flowers form the shape of a six-pointed star. The petal like parts are white but have green stripes on the outside. The leaves are green with white stripes. The flower stalk rises from a coated bulb.

People grow the star-of-Bethlehem in gardens, in greenhouses, and in window boxes. Its flowers bloom in May and June, and tend to close before nightfall. The bulbs of the star-of-Bethlehem are poisonous. Scientific classification. The star-of-Bethlehem belongs to the lily family, Liliac. Its scientific name is Ornithogalum.