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Ornithogalum umbellatum


Ornithogalum umbellatum, the garden star-of-Bethlehem,<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> grass lily, nap-at-noon, or eleven-o'clock lady, is a perennial bulbous flowering plant, native throughout most of southern and central Europe, north-western Africa and south-western Asia.<ref name=emp>Euro+Med Plantbase: Ornithogalum umbellatum Template:Webarchive</ref> In North America, it has escaped its cultivation as a garden ornamental and can be found in many areas.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>


This plant is perennial with bulbs below ground; the bulb is Template:Convert long and Template:Convert in diameter. It has 6–10 leaves, linear with a white line on the upper surface, up to Template:Convert long and Template:Convert broad, and a scape of Template:Convert. The flowers group in a corymbose raceme with 6–20 flowers, and are white with a green stripe outside.<ref name=fnwe>Flora of NW Europe: Ornithogalum umbellatumTemplate:Dead link</ref><ref name=blamey>Blamey, M. & Grey-Wilson, C. (1989). Flora of Britain and Northern Europe. Template:ISBN.</ref>


Ornithogalum umbellatum requires considerable moisture during winter and spring, but can tolerate summer drought. It can be grown in a woodland garden as semi-shade is preferable. It is hardy to hardiness zone 5, and can become weedy. The plant is toxic. It is used in some herbal remedies.<ref name=rhs>Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan Template:ISBN.</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref>



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