Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Garden Star-of-Bethlehem - Ornithogalum umbellatum   L.
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DistributionMostly Piedmont and Mountains; scattered on the Coastal Plain.

Native of Europe, North Africa, western Asia; in N.A. southern Canada and much of the U.S.
AbundanceUncommon to fairly common in the Piedmont and Mountains; rare on the Coastal Plain.
HabitatMesic to moist woodlands and forests, roadsides, garden escape to yards, along railroad.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting March-May (June?).
IdentificationIn this somewhat familiar escaping species, the white flowers face up rather than sideways or nodding (in the otherwise similar O. nutans). The tepals are narrower and pointier than in Tristagma uniflorum.
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State RankSE
Global RankG3G5
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Steve HallMason Farm, Hollow Rock area, mid April 2024. OrangePhoto_non_natural
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