Turkey Tracks: Star of Bethlehem Flowers

Turkey Tracks:  June 15, 2015

Star of Bethlehem Flowers


When my grandmother, Louise Phillips Bryan of Reynolds, Georgia, was a young married woman, she went down into the Flint River swamp, brought back some flowers she found there, and put the tiny bulbs in her front yard.

Decades and decades later, long after she was dead, the flowers carpeted the large front yard in the spring like white snow.

Grandmother called these flowers “Star of Bethlehem.”

And when I came to Maine 11 years ago, I planted some of the bulbs in memory of her.

Here are mine now:


The fancy name is Ornithogalum.

 Seeing these flowers bloom this spring has been particularly poignant for me as Grandmother’s great-great grandaughter, Elouise, named for Grandmother’s lineage and honoring her name, was born this April.

I will make sure Elouise knows about these flowers that remind me so much of my Grandmother.

Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

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