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Ornithogalum narbonense - L.
                 
Common Name Star Of Bethlehem
Family Liliaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards Although no specific mention of this plant as being toxic has been seen, it belongs to a family where there are some species that are said to be toxic. Caution should be observed. Any toxins are likely to be concentrated in the bulb[200].
Habitats Grassy places and waste ground[50, 90].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Ornithogalum narbonense Star Of Bethlehem


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Ornithogalum narbonense Star Of Bethlehem
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Physical Characteristics
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Ornithogalum narbonense is a BULB growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Apr to June, and the seeds ripen from Jun to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
O. arcuatum. O. pyramidale narbonense.

Habitats
 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Bulb[46, 61, 177]. No further details are given, though it is probably cooked before being eaten. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant[90], it succeeds in any position[42] in ordinary garden soil[1]. Prefers a sunny position[200]. Succeeds in short grass[90], though this should not be mown from the time the bulbs start to grow until they have set seed and the leaves are dying down. Plants are hardy to about -10°c[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. Sow the seed thinly and leave the seedlings undisturbed in the pots for their first dormancy, but apply liquid feed at intervals, especially in their second year of growth. Divide the bulbs at the end of their second year of growth, putting 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for one more year and them plant them out into their permanent positions whilst they are dormant. The seed can also be sown in a cold frame in early spring. Division of offsets in September/October[200]. The larger bulbs can be replanted immediately into their permanent positions. It is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year before planting them out when dormant in late summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Ornithogalum pyrenaicumBath Asparagus, Pyrenees star of Bethlehem20
Ornithogalum umbellatumStar Of Bethlehem, Dove's Dung31
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Elizabeth H.
nobody Sun Jan 16 08:15:36 2005

Link: biodiversity plants only a bit of it is on the flower itself,though

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