Saturday, May 26, 2012

Star-of-Bethlehem

This true bulb is an Ornithogalums from the Lily family it blooms in late Spring.  The leaves have already laid down in exhaustion before the blooms appear and sometimes though the flowers are worth the wait I am tempted to pull out the slovenly looking leaves.  My solution is to plant them very close to hostas. As the new leaves from the hostas come in, the flowers of Star of David push through and form a halo around the plants.  It is very effective and gives you a whole new appreciation for the plant.
The bulbs naturalize readily and you will find them all over once you have introduced them in your garden - even in your lawn!  Plant in drifts. Plant bulbs in Spring or Fall. One inch white flowers on one inch white stems.