Hairy star of Bethlehem
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Subfamily: Lilioideae
Tribe: Lilieae
Genus: Gagea
G. villosa
Binomial name
Gagea villosa
  • Ornithogalum villosum M.Bieb.
  • Ornithoxanthum villosum (M.Bieb.) Link

Gagea villosa, common name hairy star of Bethlehem,[2] is a Eurasian and North African plant species in the lily family.

Gagea villosa is found in Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. Its range extends from Spain and Morocco east to Russia and Iran, and as far north as Sweden.[1] It was first described to science by Bieberstein in 1808.[3][2]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Gagea villosa
  2. ^ a b Altervista Flora Italiana, Cipollaccio giallo dei campi, Hairy Star Of Bethlehem, Gagea villosa includes photos and European distribution map
  3. ^ Friedrich August Marschall von Bieberstein. 1808. Flora Taurico-Caucasica exhibens stirpes phaenogamas, in Chersoneso Taurica et regionibus caucasicis sponte crescentes. Charkouiae 1: 274. as Ornithogalum villosum