An extremely dainty plant with exquisite white, starry flowers which decorate our moist fields and meadows during May and June from New England to Virginia, and become very abundant in favourable localities. The popular name has long been applied to this pretty Lily which is thought to resemble the hallowed star in the East that guided the Wise Men to the place in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The slender stalk branches at the top only for the solitary flowers, and grows from four to twelve inches high. The long narrow, fleshy leaves rise in a tuft from a thick, egg-shaped bulb. They have a whitish midvein, and are dark green in colour. The flowers open only in the sunshine. They are five-parted, spreading, and star-like. Each of the petal-like parts is pure white with delicate veinings, and has a wide, green stripe on the outside, which resembles a separate sepal or bract. The stamens are flattened. This charming species has become naturalized from Europe, and has escaped from gardens.