The different Star's of Bethlehem

Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Good evening everyone-I had a friend of mine(Mary Douglas)noticed I hadn't posted in a while and wondered if I was OK. Yes, I am OK just busy with planting. I have ordered so much stuff and much of it has arrived that I have to make a log of everything with pics, height, bloom time so I can figure out where it will go and where it will look best and what to put it with. No small task. I ordered 343 tulip bulbs alone (28 varieties)


 One of the flowers I ordered was called the Star of Bethlehem pictured left. I thought it was quite striking and unique so I ordered 1 pkg with quantity of 25.

Many of the bulbs and plants I ordered are quite unique which is something I very much like. I wanted something different than the ordinary. I think I will have it in my garden next year.

Now I went looking on the website where I ordered this for the height and couldn't find it so I decided to google it to see if someone else carried it. I didn't find it anywhere else but I did find something rather interesting.  For the 2+ years that I have lived here I have found MANY of something in the yard I thought were wild onions or leeks because that is what they look like. This is what I found out



 It is actually a perennial from a bulb that is often misidentified as a grass or as wild garlic or wild onion.   Star-of-Bethlehem has been sold as an ornamental and has escaped to become a weed of landscapes, pastures, hayfields, turfgrass, and lawns.

Here is what it looks like so if you have any in your yard and don't know what it is then you will know now too. As you can see from the pic on the left the bulb looks like an scallion.

Kathy Streib has a series called what I learned in AR each day. Well I didn't learn it from AR but I still learned something I didn't know plus it solved the mystery of why these so called onions were growing all over the yard.

It supposedly has white flowers but I have never seen them but maybe it is because I mow them down but I still haven't even in places they have grown that I don't mow.




Now this is what the flowers look like. I am not sure if I mine will have the flowers in the center or just the beautiful foliage. I am happy either way.  The Star of Bethlehem weed is native to the Mediterranean.

Now that I know what it is when I see them and get a opportunity I will dig up the bulb and plant them somewhere all together and see if they flower. 

So like Kathy I had my own Aha moment tonite just not from AR.

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Sharon Lee

Comments (19)

Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Those are pretty cool looking!  Where did you get them?

Oct 18, 2012 10:24 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Jeanne and Ralph-I ordered them online from Brecks

Oct 18, 2012 10:27 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

When you are done there at home can you come over and do my yard too?  LOL

Oct 18, 2012 12:03 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sussie-It might be a while.

Oct 18, 2012 12:16 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Sounds like you have been busy and enjoying what you're been doing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 18, 2012 12:49 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You are becoming our resident expert gardener. And thanks for sharing so many wonderful plants with us.  A

Oct 18, 2012 04:09 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon -- wow -- impressive!  Green thumb and organized -- very nice.

Oct 18, 2012 05:34 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Lou-Indeed I have and will be most likely til the end of the yr.

Alexandra-You are welcome. I know you too are a expert gardener. Me I am a novice who is learning as I go.

Michael-Thank you  but I don't that I am organized but I am detailed and I can't just stick them in the ground anywhere. Well I could but probably wouldn't be happy with the outcome

Oct 18, 2012 10:10 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTORĀ®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Interesting stuff Sharon....I can just picture you gardening....lovely!  I hope you enjoy your weekend and thanks for the info!

Oct 18, 2012 11:52 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thanks Kristin. Have a great weekend too.

Oct 19, 2012 12:26 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sharon this post so illustrates how you are such a Master with that Green Thumb of yours. Awesome knowledge and incredible researcher...

Oct 19, 2012 01:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good to see your post.  Thanks for sharing the photographs.

Enjoy the colors of autumn with your camera in hand.

Dahlia, Brookside Gardens Dahlia Show

Oct 20, 2012 12:30 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Sharon,

I love this time of the year so I am going to plant many colors of mums next week as they look so "fallish" but typically wait for after Halloween so the kids are not stepping all over them and then they look great for Thanksgiving. Love your pictures.

Oct 20, 2012 06:04 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

thank you Gary-Appreciate your kindness

Roy-Thank you I think of you whenever I go somewhere or even in the yard to have the camera handy. The fall foliage is beautiful.

Kristin-Thank you. Right now I have a yellow onebut probably will get a few other colors.

Oct 20, 2012 07:49 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Your Star of Bethlehem looks like one of my plants called Star of India. Only mine has green and white leaves. Yours is very pretty, Sharon. Good luck with your plantings. I will expect to see lots of pictures of the flowers.

Oct 20, 2012 10:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- thanks for the mention!  We had something in Houston they called society garlic and yes, it smelled like garlic.  I never saw it in bloom, though.  All I know is that when I walked through the garden it made me hungry!  I'm glad you had an aha moment and who knows, next year you may have your flowers. 

Oct 21, 2012 04:16 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Toni-Thank you. The next 2 months are going to be EXTRA busy. You will see LOTS of pics next year for sure.

Kathy-You are welcome. I will have lots of flowers for sure but will wait and see with this weed that grows wild.

Oct 21, 2012 09:16 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

did you say 343 tulip bulbs??!!  I'm surprised we are hearing from you at all!  Sharon your garden is going to be even more spectaular than last year.

Nov 08, 2012 06:23 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Mary-I did indeed and that is only counting the tulip bulbs that doesn't count the 100 daffodils and asst other kinds. It will be a ond of a kind for sure.

Nov 08, 2012 06:51 AM