Ornithogalum nutans

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Ornithogalum nutans
Ornithogalum nutans bloemen.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Tribe: Ornithogaleae
Genus: Ornithogalum
O. nutans
Binomial name
Ornithogalum nutans

Ornithogalum nutans, known as drooping star-of-Bethlehem,[2] is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Europe and South West Asia. It is a bulbous perennial growing to 20–60 cm (8–24 in) tall by 5 cm (2 in) wide, with strap-shaped leaves and green striped, pendent grey-white flowers in spring.[3] It is cultivated, and has naturalized, outside its native range, for example in North America.[4][5] It has become extremely invasive along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Maryland. At least in North America, it is not as common as Ornithogalum umbellatum.[4]

The specific epithet nutans means "nodding", referring to the flowers' slightly drooping habit.[6]

O. nutans is hardy to USDA Zones 6-10.[7] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[8][9]


  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 1 October 2016
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  4. ^ a b "Ornithogalum nutans Linnaeus". Flora of North America.
  5. ^ "Ornithogalum nutans Linnaeus". Flora of Missouri.
  6. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  7. ^ Easy to grow Bulbs: Ornithogalum nutans
  8. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ornithogalum nutans". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  9. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 70. Retrieved 14 April 2018.