Star-of-Bethlehem, rough farmland, Suffolk
3- merous flower
Flattened stamens, 3-lobed stigma
Papery bracts, broad green stripe on petals
6- segmented capsule
May to June
It is found mainly in southern areas and East Anglia.
It is scattered elsewhere.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows on rough farm land and grassy banks, and in open
It is probably a neophyte, introduced to England in the 1540s
and recorded in the wild by the 1650s.
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg, in their Flora of the British Isles
(1957), suggested that it is native in East Anglia.
Star-of-Bethlehem is a sprawling, perennial, bulbous herb,
growing up to 30cm.
Between 5 and 15 flowers are on a a main stem, which is up
to 30cm long.
Individual flower stems are up to 10cm.
Flowers are up to 38mm and have 6 bright white petals, which
mainly open in sunshine.
The back of the petals has a broad green stripe.
The filaments of the 6 stamens are flattened and have yellow
The capsule has 6 segments, is oval and up to 1cm.
Bracts are thin and almost white.
The leaves are up to 30cm and grooved with a white mid-rib
They are not shown here as they had already shrivelled and
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