Star of Bethlehem


A bulbous perennial with leaves that resemble wild garlic and have small, white, star-shaped flowers. Star-of-Bethlehem is similar to Wild Garlic (Allium vineale), however Star-of-Bethlehem lacks the characteristic garlic smell and also has distinctive white midveins along the leaves unlike wild garlic. Starch Grape hyacinth (Muscari racemosum) is also similar in appearance, however this weed also lacks the distinctive white midveins that run the length of the leaves as in Star-of-Bethlehem.

Star of Bethlehem Bloom

The leaves are shiny, dark green, and have a distinct white midrib. Leaves are approximately 4" - 12" long and are hollow in cross section. The leaves of this weed are commonly confused for a grass, but more closely resemble those of wild garlic.

Controlling Star-of-Bethlehem

Apply a herbicide application to an actively growing plant that is in the seedling to flower stage of growth. Plants older than this have developed a protective layer that resists most herbicides.

Star-of-Bethlehem Photo

CAUTION: Star of Bethlehem flowers and bulbs contain glycosides similar to digitalis and can be poisonous if ingested.