Saving the Littles Part Two….

Star of Bethlehe

I found my first Star in a field that had once housed a Catholic Church. The church had burned down decades earlier. Rumor has it that the church had been built in the late 1800s, and was the first Catholic Church in that area. Remnants of tte old, fabulously cool iron fencing still stood after all these years.

In the field, I noticed clumps of bulb foliage. Upon first glance, I thought the bulbs were Grape Hyacinths, which are common in that area. It wasn’t until the bulbs bloomed that I noticed the difference. I should’ve just had smelled them, since the star of Bethlehem smells very garlicky…..but in all my excitement, I didn’t even think about the distinct oder coming from the little bulbs.

Star of Bethlehem flowers are special bulbs, symbolic of purity. Star of Bethlehem are often used to celebrate special life events. These bulbs are also used as Memorial flowers, given to loved ones in honor of the deceased. The bulbs multiply readily, and become a beautiful reminder of that special loved one.

After discovering the bulbs that I had dug were *not* Grape Hyacinths, I dove head first into researching. During that time, I actually received an email requesting that I destroy all Star bulbs, due to the invasiveness of these little treasures.

First, a bulb that multiplies is not “invasive”, but simply “naturalizing”. Heaven forbid, a beautiful white flower grows up through an overly-manicured lawn.

Second, a bulb with greenery that is so short-lived cannot be harmful to anyone. As soon as the flower fades, the foliage turns yellow and is gone for the rest of the season.

Finally, a tiny bulb the size of a cherry tomato (at it’s largest) is not going to hurt anyone. I’ve read that these little beauties are toxic, so animals stay clear of them. The distinct scent is enough to keep vampires away as well. 🙂

Obviously I disregarded the email.

As you can see, I’m a fan. I love all bulbs. I always have. I’m fascinated by the mere miracle of nature to store of such beauty for an entire year, just to bring forth a gorgeous flower. While treasure hunting for these tiny, little bulbs, I am always joy-filled that an heirloom bulb will continue through the next generations of gardeners.

Whether you enjoy Star of Bethlehem, or you decide to play it safe in the garden, the beautiful sentiments behind this lovely little flower should inspire each of us. Few things stand the test of time, with such beauty and grace, as an Heirloom Bulb. Flowers are great gifts for loved ones, and continue to be a beautiful way to remember that special someone……speading the love throughout the garden.

If you’d like some bulbs of Star of Bethlehem, please email me at

Happy Gardening, my friends!