Star of Bethlehem
Ornithogalum umbellatum Fr: Ornithogale en ombelle
This lovely flower, with its six slender petals, is common in the springtime. The flowers grow in an umbel-like cluster on top of yellowish-green stalks that branch out at alternately from the main stalk. The flowers, which close up in shady weather, have bright green tepals on the outsides.
Flower. The bright white flowers are 30-40 mm across, with 6 petals.
Leaves. The linear leaves are long and narrow, channelled, and have a white central stripe along the top surface.
Habitat. Garrigue, rocky ground and slopes.