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Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem Photo

Star-of-Bethlehem is an attractive ornamental but has escaped and is often found in large patches. The leaves resemble wild garlic but the bulb has no odor. The early spring flower is quite pretty but the bulb is poisonous and has caused the death of animals and children. Frost heaving brings the bulb to the surface.

The Star of Bethlehem was once planted as an ornamental while the Spring Beauty is native. Both plants are more common in shaded areas with thin turf. There are no effective controls for either plant, but some suggest that pre emergence herbicide applications made very late in fall or early spring will work. Some homeowners have success digging the plants out by hand. This weed is most obvious during flowering, which may only last for a few weeks. It is probably best to simply tolerate this weed and instead of attempting control it, enjoy the color for the few weeks it will last.


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