Ornithogalum nutans (Nodding star of Bethlehem)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
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Plant Overview

A tough and easy spring-flowering bulbous plant which naturalises well. Very pretty soft silvery grey-green flowers in May, bluebell-like in stature. Sweetly scented. Originally from Bulgaria and SW Turkey.

Good for cutting and lasts very well in a vase. Perfect for planting in mixed borders, pots and containers or even in grass as the foliage can be mown when it dies back after flowering.

Prefers a sunny or lightly shaded position in well-drained to average soil.

Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height: 40cm

Common name(s): Drooping star of Bethlehem; Nodding star of Bethlehem


All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.