Identify these flowers?

Asked April 27, 2020, 11:16 AM EDT

I love these flowers and see them pop up randomly around this time of year. Can you identify? Are they a native species? How do they reproduce? Can I buy them somewhere locally or by mail? I have seen them in white and pinkish purple. Thank you for your assistance! Be well Kathy

Wicomico County Maryland

3 Responses

Hello Kathy,

These appear to be Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum and other species), a non-native invasive plant found in most of MD. They reproduce both by seed and by vegetative offsets (bulbs that break away from the clump and root elsewhere).
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/star-bethlehem
https://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=6109
https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewChecklist.php?genus=Ornithogalum

We do not recommend planting them deliberately. Star-of-Bethlehem is white, so the plant you've seen in other colors is likely something else; you're welcome to send in photos for ID.

Miri

Darn. I wish they were native...if you like you can add Wicomico county maryland to the green indicator on the invasive map...thats where i have seen them. Thanks for the info.
Kathy

You're welcome.
We do not update the map data, but you can submit photos to MD Biodiversity Project for their records if you wish. One of the two species (as they are quite similar) is already reported for Wicomico county.

Miri