This is yet another one of my favourite flowers. The Star of Bethlehem, a bulb flower native to Europe, Africa and western Asia. The Star of Bethlehem is a member of the Hyacinthaceae family, where close relatives include hyacinths, grape huacinths, pineapple lily and squill. The flower, scientifically known as Ornighogalum, can be distinguished by its mass of small flowers resting on a conical spike.
The flowers are relatively small, measuring about 2-1/2 cm across. These blooms open slowly and it’s normal for several of the blooms on a stem to remain closed. These flowers have an extraordinarily long vase life. They are perfect for wedding bouquets, table centerpieces and most flower arrangements.
As beautiful as the flower is, it is harmful if ingested. Indigestion and symptoms of toxicity may occur. Dermatitis is also possible if there is prolonged contact with skin. Usually the symptoms are minor, but it just makes sense to handle these lovely flowers with care and to keep them away from small children and pets.