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Ornithogalum nutans


Ornithogalum nutans, known as drooping star-of-Bethlehem,<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Europe and South West Asia. It is a bulbous perennial growing to Template:Convert tall by Template:Convert wide, with strap-shaped leaves and green striped, pendent grey-white flowers in spring.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref> It is cultivated, and has naturalized, outside its native range, for example in North America.<ref name="fna">Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref> It has become extremely invasive along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Maryland. At least in North America, it is not as common as Ornithogalum umbellatum.<ref name="fna"/>

The specific epithet nutans means "nodding", referring to the flowers' slightly drooping habit.<ref name=RHSLG>Template:Cite book</ref>

O. nutans is hardy to USDA Zones 6-10.<ref>Easy to grow Bulbs: Ornithogalum nutans</ref> It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref>


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