A genus of 190 species of bulbous perennial flowering plants in the Asparagaceae family with a wide distribution over several continents including Europe, Africa including Madagascar, and Central Asia. They have clumps of strap-shaped leaves and inflorescences carrying star or cup-shaped white, yellow or orange flowers often striped with green. The common name for the genus is star-of-bethlehem and they are popular as ornamental garden plants and for cut flowers.
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