STAR-OF-BETHLEHEM
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Ornithogalum umbellatum  L.
Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 4-12 inches
Family: Liliaceae - Lily Family
Flowering Period:   April, May
Stems: Flowering stalks erect or ascending, arising from onion-like bulbs.
Leaves: Basal, narrowly linear, equal or longer than flowering stalks, dark green; mid-veins light-colored.
Inflorescences: Racemes, 3-7-flowered; subtending bracts conspicuous, papery; tips pointed.
Flowers: Erect on slender stalks; perianth segments 6, separate, spreading, white, prominently green-nerved on back; stamens 6, filaments broad, flat; stigma head-like.
Fruits: Capsules, 3-angled; seeds black, few per compartment.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields, rocky slopes, and grassy sites.
Distribution: East 1/3 of Kansas.
Toxicity: All parts of this plant are poisonous. Consumption by livestock can result in death.
Comments: Star-of-Bethlehem grows in tufts. It is a native of Europe that escaped from cultivation and now is naturalized in North America.

Star-of-Bethlehem inflorescence
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Riley County, Kansas
Star-of-Bethlehem bulb
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Riley County, Kansas
Star-of-Bethlehem bulb
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Riley County, Kansas