What are these white flowers?

Asked May 4, 2020, 2:43 PM EDT

These pretty little white flowers appeared in our (mostly untended) garden. Can you identify them? Is there any reason to pull them up? Thanks! Ruth

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Hello Ruth,

This is Star-of-Bethlehem, a weedy non-native plant common to this area: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/star-bethlehem. Although it is established in most of MD (https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/1799) it would be best to remove it to prevent further spread. Though tedious, digging is the most practical and effective technique for removal.