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Drooping Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum nutans L.)

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Drooping Star of Bethlehem
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A bulbous perennial widely planted as a garden plant and established in the wild at many locations in North America. Probably has invasive potential.

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Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

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The habitat preferences of this species in North America are not well-known as it is in the early stages of establishing in the wild in most places. It is currently most common in anthropogenic habitats, especially around gardens where it was planted. It can be found on roadsides, forest edges, meadows, and fields.

Some of the most aggressive populations of this plant have been found along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal in Maryland.

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Ornithogalum nutans (nodding star-of-Bethlehem) | CABI Invasive Species Compendium (About This Site)

Ornithogalum nutans | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Ornithogalum nutans | NatureServe Explorer (About This Site)

Ornithogalum nutans | Flora of North America (About This Site)

Ornithogalum nutans | Missouri Plants (About This Site)

Drooping Star of Bethlehem | Maryland Biodiversity Project (About This Site)

Ornithogalum nutans L. (Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem) | Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora (About This Site)

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