Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Star Of Bethlehem
Ornithogalum umbellatum
of the Lily family
a perennail
30 -60 cm high
blooms April - May
likes meadows, pastures, grassy places
can be seen outside the door of the Visitor Centre

The Star of Bethlehem is a symbol of purity. There is a double-significance in the name of this delicate star-shaped flower. Firstly it reminded those who named it of the star of the Nativity. Secondly the flower can be seen growing extensively in Bethlehem in the Holy Land. The bulbs of the plant are actually edible when cooked. However uncooked bulbs are poisonous.