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10 of spring's most beautiful blooming bulbs

By: Melissa Breyer on March 29, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
Star of Bethlehem

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Star of Bethlehem

While it may be true that star of Bethlehem flowers were named after their delicate star shape, it's likely that they garnered such a poetic name to counter their official name, Ornithogalum umbellatum, which sounds more like a clumsy wizard curse than a pretty spring bloom. But nomenclature aside, these are one of the true delights of spring; it's a lovely moment when little stars replace snowflakes on the ground. And fans of Bach Flower Remedies, take note: Star of Bethlehem is one of the 38 flower remedies available, and it's used to calm shock and trauma.