Almost Wordless Wednesday–March 23, 2016


Nodding Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum nutans) is a perennial bulb native to the Balkan regions of Europe and Turkey which features white bell-shaped perianth flowers with six green and grey striped tepals. Although it is quite beautiful and has even won the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK, it is considered an invasive species in parts of the Eastern US, especially in Maryland and surrounding states where it has out-competed many native forest species. Here it is shown in my woodland garden, in the floodplain of the Reedy River.

22 thoughts on “Almost Wordless Wednesday–March 23, 2016

  1. Alice

    When we lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland we had a large patch of these little lilies outside our laundry room door. We also had an old timey clothes line and there was nothing more picturesque than sheets billowing in the breeze over the field of white flowers. We had more than 8 acres and I never saw them anywhere else on the property. Thanks for posting the photo Marian, it brought back lovely memories.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Alice–It is a real beauty and I’ve been down the hill nearly every day for a visit. Since I don’t know this plant, I want to see how it’s growing and what it will do if it is pollinated and sets seed.

  2. Christina

    We are sharing another plant in flower, Marian, I’m very surprised to hear it is considered invasive, my patch grows very slowly and I had to beg some from a friend to have any at all.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Christina–It’s not considered invasive in South Carolina, but it’s location in the floodplain, where I have a number of persistant invasives (such as Japanese knotweed), is not a surprise.


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