Ornithogalum umbellatum
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Ornithogalum umbellatum

sleepydick
Star of Bethlehem

  family hyacinthaceae 
  genus ornithogalum 

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Identification
Genus  Ornithogalum Species  umbellatum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sleepydick   Star of Bethlehem Family  HYACINTHACEAE Specimen number  S10638 Data source  Poison p94;Xeri p307
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Seasonal bulb Life span  1 - 3 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 2' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Ornithogalum umbellatum can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. It needs soil that is dry. Sleepydick (also known as Star of Bethlehem) tolerates occasional periods of drought.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Bulbs   Flowers   Whole plant Poisonous indications  The flowers and bulbs are toxic to humans and livestock (especially sheep) causing nausea and gastrointestinal disorders. Contact with the bulbs may cause dermatitis due to the presence of Tulipalin A. Internal poison  yes Dermatologic poison  yes Livestock poison  yes Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  This whole plant is toxic. It is poisonous if ingested. It causes dermatitis when touched. Keep out of pastures and away from livestock grazing areas. The flowers and bulbs are toxic to humans and livestock (especially sheep) causing nausea and gastrointestinal disorders. Contact with the bulbs may cause dermatitis due to the presence of Tulipalin A.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes 
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ornithogalum umbellatum is a seasonal bulb. Flowers: Sleepydick (locally known in some parts as Star of Bethlehem) has six petaled flowers, white with green stripes. Blossoms appear in March and continue through May. The flowers are most often a white color, with an accent in green.

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