Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem

┬ęPhilip Precey

Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem

┬ęPhilip Precey

Yellow star-of-Bethlehem

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Scientific name: Gagea lutea
The Yellow star-of-Bethlehem is a woodland plant that lives up to its name - it displays starry, gold flowers in an umbrella-like cluster in early spring.

Top facts


Height: 8-25cm

Conservation status


When to see

March to April


As its name suggests, Yellow star-of-Bethlehem is a golden-yellow, star-like flower that can be found growing in woodland on basic soils. Although it is rare, it can be very abundant where it does occur. It grows from a bulb, which waits dormant underground until spring. As it pokes up through the soil, it can easily be 'lost' to the eye among Lesser celandine and other spring woodland plants.

What to look for

Yellow star-of-Bethlehem displays between one and seven golden-yellow, six-petalled flowers that rise from a single stem in an umbrella-like cluster; they eventually fade to pale yellow. It has a single, blade-like leaf that rises from the base of the plant.

Where to find

Mainly found in Central and Southern England, and Central Scotland.

Did you know?

Systematic searching for this plant has lead to the discovery of many new colonies. Little is understood of the factors that control flowering, but dense colonies can persist for years without spreading or flowering.