Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem)

Ornithogalum, commonly known as Star of Bethlehem, is a genus of more than 150 species of bulbous perennials in the family Asparagaceae, native to Europe, Asia and southern Africa.
Small, star-shaped or cup-shaped flowers rise on long, brilliant green stems above the semi-erect, grass-like foliage. Plant them in containers, borders, wild gardens, rock gardens or open woodlands and they will surprise you with their amazing beauty and charm!

Name meaning:

The botanical name is derived from the Greek words “ornithos” (“bird”) and “gala” (“milk”), in reference to the white color of the flowers.
Greek phrase “bird’s milk” was also used to describe something amazing.

Ornithogalum symbolism:

Ornithogalum represents innocence, hope, trust and honesty.

It is also a symbol of the Jesus Christ Child.

Interesting facts about Ornithogalum:

Benefits and Uses

Because of their elegance and charm, these flowers are used in bouquets and other arrangements.

In some cultures the plant is used in Christian ceremonies, such as marriages, funerals, christenings and baptisms.

Plant Type:

Bulbs, Perennials


The flowers come in white, yellow and orange colors.