Alternate name: Star-of-Bethlehem
Family: Liliaceae, Lily view all from this family
Description Introduced. A small lily with grassy, often lax leaves and white, 6-petaled flowers that can spread in weedy profusion.
Flowers: 1 1/4" (3 cm) wide, in erect, branched, open clusters; petals lance-shaped, white above, with green central stripe below.
Leaves: basal, thin, grasslike, to 12" (30 cm) long, 1/8" (3 mm) wide; white stripe down center of upper side of leaf.
Height: 4-12" (10-30 cm).
Warning Flowers, bulbs, and possibly all plant parts contain compounds similar to digitalis and are poisonous if consumed. Ingestion may cause shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting; animals ingesting this plant have been blinded and fatally poisoned. Humans and pets should not consume any parts of this plant.
Habitat Disturbed areas, roadsides, open woods.
Range Native of Eurasia and northern Africa; naturalized in areas of North America, especially in the East.
Discussion Sleepydick, also called Star-of-Bethlehem, was introduced to North America as a garden plant but has escaped from cultivation, especially in the eastern United States, although there are also reports in the West. It is classified as a noxious or invasive pest in many areas. Plants spread by the formation of numerous bulblets. Flowers open at midday and close at dusk; they remain closed on overcast days.