Mar. 25, 2022

nodding star-of-Bethlehem, Ornithogalum nutans

Refugee or invader? Nodding star-of-Bethlehem originated in Ukraine and its southwestern neighbors. It came here looking for shelter in the form of shady gardens. It has now sought shelter in other places, and is sometimes too common. Should we welcome it, try to keep it in it's place, or just deport it all together? The reality is that now that star-of-Bethlehem is here, we don't have a practical choice. This species has taken root in AL, AR, CT, DE, IL, IN, MD, MI, MO, NC, NY, OH, OR, PA, VA, WA, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 5/27/14. Hyacinth family, Hyacinthaceae.