What is the name of this ... #179305 - Ask Extension


What is the name of this ... #179305

Asked May 05, 2014, 2:06 PM EDT

What is the name of this little white flower I found growing in my lawn? It looks similar to Edelweiss, but it's a little different. Thanks!

Baltimore City County Maryland

Expert Response

The plant in the photo looks like Ornithogalum umbellatum, Star of Bethlehem.  It is often planted as an ornamental, and has escaped cultivation, due to its aggressive growth habit. It will be quite a challenge to eliminate it.
Your best option is to dig up the bulbs using a sharp spade. The plant mulitplies from producing more underground bulbs. It does produce a flower that if allowed to mature, will produce seeds, but it does not reproduce as rapidly from seed.

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