Star Of Bethlehem, is based on its star-shaped flowers, after the Star of Bethlehem that appeared in the biblical account of the birth of Jesus. The number of species has varied considerably, depending on authority, from 50 to 300. Ornithogalum is a genus of perennial plants belonging to the family Asparagaceae.
Genus: Ornithogalum L
Distribution: Southern Europe & Africa
Ornithogalum Umbellatum, the garden Star-of-Bethlehem, grass lily, nap-at-noon, or eleven-o’clock lady, is a perennial bulbous flowering plant. This plant is perennial with bulbs below ground; the bulb is 15–25 millimetres (0.6–1.0 in) long and 18–32 mm (0.7–1.3 in) in diameter. It has 6–10 leaves, linear with a white line on the upper surface, up to 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 8 mm (0.3 in) broad, and a scape of 10–30 cm (4–12 in). The flowers group in a corymbose raceme with 6–20 flowers, and are white with a green stripe outside. Ornithogalum umbellatum requires considerable moisture during winter and spring, but can tolerate summer drought. It can be grown in a woodland garden
- Used as ornamental garden flower.
- Used in herbal medicines as Bach Flower Remedy for psychosomatic trauma.Star of Bethlehem is the remedy of ease, soothing effect. It is one out of 5 Remedy used in emergency also called as rescue remedy/remedy in crisis. The constituent of all 5 Bach Flower Remedy together re-centre an individual who is in state of acute shock and trauma. Those experiencing post traumatic stress disorders or death of beloved one are true candidates benefitted from this remedy. Mostly Bach Flower practitioners advice this remedy to people who are frequently experiencing traumatic events. This Remedy is also prescribed to infants to block the events coming in mind from previous life. Any stressful or unwelcome event happened in past but is causing trouble both physically and mentally by getting recalled again & again can be stopped by use of Star of Bethlehem. Patients with such Psychosomatic disorders who are not benefitted after all types treatments should once try this remedy along with other treatments.