Bulbs

Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem: description

The Star of Bethlehem is a bulb belonging to the same family of garlic and onion, that of the Liliaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean regions, but if the soil is suitable, its bulbs can withstand even harsh winters. The bulb is fleshy and oval. From it, in mid-spring, the first leaves appear similar to shiny and thick blades of grass. They are straight at first, but the longer they stretch, the more they fall towards the ground. The leaves are hollow, fleshy and dark green in color with a white stripe in the middle. They are similar in shape to the flower petals, but are slightly wider. The stems of the flowers grow in the middle of the rosette of leaves, measuring from 6 to 9 cm. A cluster inflorescence is created on them that can produce up to twenty star flowers. The flower has six white or cream petals similar to small swords and a yellow and green center. Each flower produces three oblong capsules containing black seeds which, however, are not always used for reproduction.

Star of Bethlehem: how it is grown


The Star of Bethlehem is a spontaneous flower and in nature it can be found in meadows, agricultural land, pastures or along waterways. It can become a splendid garden plant, but with proper precautions. In fact, especially in America, it has been classified as a weed because once the bulb has taken root, its propagation knows no bounds. If you want to cultivate this ornithogallo it is therefore advisable not to plant it directly in the ground, but to use containers. The soil in which the bulbs are planted must be well drained and rich in organic matter. A mixture of peat and perlite can be used. Planting in the garden must be done either in October or in early spring. The Star of Bethlehem is a plant that loves direct sun and even if it resists well winter, it is good to cover the ground in which the bulbs are inserted with dry leaves or straw to avoid frosts. The bulbs must be planted at an average depth of 6 cm and a space of 10 cm must be left between one bulb and the other.

Star of Bethlehem: flowering and multiplication


The Star of Bethlehem is a perennial plant that blooms in late spring or summer depending on when the bulb was planted. The flowering period lasts approximately two weeks. If you want to obtain a beautiful flowering after having planted them in the garden, it is good to adopt a particular procedure which is to unearth the bulbs during the autumn, which is the vegetative rest period of the ornithogallo, and spread them in other areas of the ground. The flowering period is the one in which the plant needs the most water, otherwise it is a flower that tolerates drought quite well and does not need special precautions in terms of watering. The main method of reproduction of the Star of Bethlehem occurs through the formation of numerous small bulbs at the base of the parent bulb. Once detached from it, each newborn bulb can produce a new plant. This proliferative mode makes the plant propagate very easily. Therefore, if you want to use it as an ornamental plant, the most useful advice is that of the utmost caution since once planted it is almost impossible to get rid of it.

Star of Bethlehem: Star of Bethlehem: a Bach flower


Among the flowers discovered by Edward Bach to cure a wide range of diseases and ailments, there are 19 that he called “assistants”. The assistant flowers were those used to heal ailments related to the sphere of the soul. The Star of Bethlehem is part of this Bach flower selection and is often related to the word “trauma”. This plant, in fact, would be able to heal people who have suffered a shock or a traumatic event, both recent and past, and have not been able to overcome it. The Star would have the power to restore mental clarity, inner strength and energy in the sad, debilitated and indifferent human mind to life and alleviate the pain resulting from terrible events.

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