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IPM1007, Revised November 2009

Practical Weed Science for the Field Scout: Corn and Soybean

Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)

Plants resembling grasses

Star-of-Bethelehem
Star-of-Bethelehem

A perennial from a bulb that is often misidentified as a grass or as wild garlic or wild onion. Star-of-Bethlehem has been sold as an ornamental and has escaped to become a weed of agronomic and horticultural crops, pastures and lawns. Leaves are shiny and dark green, with a distinct white midrib. Leaves are 4 to 12 inches long, 2 to 6 mm wide, and hollow in cross section. Leaves lack any garlic or onionlike smell. Flowers consist of six white petals that collectively resemble a star. Flowers occur at the ends of leafless flowering stems. Plants reproduce from large bulbs that are oval shaped. Smaller bulblets occur around the parent bulb.
Star-of-Bethelehem
 

 

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