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Gagea lutea - (L.)Ker-Gawl.

Common Name Yellow Star Of Bethlehem
Family Liliaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp woods and pastures, especially on basic soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain and temperate Asia to Japan.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Gagea lutea Yellow Star Of Bethlehem


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Gagea lutea is a BULB growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from March to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

G. sylvatica.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Bulb - raw or cooked[4, 105, 177]. A famine food, it is only used in times of scarcity[4]. Young leaves - cooked.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a moist soil, preferring one on the alkaline side of neutral, and succeeding in sun or shade. The dormant bulbs are fairly hardy and will withstand soil temperatures down to at least -10°c[214].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. Sow the seed thinly so that there is no need to transplant them, and grow the seedlings on in the same pot in the greenhouse for their first year or two. Give an occasional liquid feed to ensure they do not become nutrient deficient. Pot up the small bulbs when the plants are dormant, placing 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another year or two in the greenhouse before planting them out when they are dormant. Division. We have no details of when is the best time to divide the bulbs but suggest doing it after the leaves die down in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(L.)Ker-Gawl.

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