Ornitholagum umbellatum, more commonly known as Star of Bethlehem, is a perennial bulb of the lily family. When in flower it has a stem and leaves of about 10-15cm. The leaves are slender and pointed, growing from the bulb, dark green with a white central vein. The flowers are bright white with a dark green stripe on the back; this is due to their dual function as sepals forming a green bud before opening. Within the six petals is a central coronet of six stamens, very pronounced, raised on white stalks surrounding a central dome. The flowers are displayed to gain maximum light and open fully only in bright sunshine.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. After a week of hot sunny days I have woken to a grey and overcast morning, with rain forecast