Gagea is a genus from Europe and Western Asia in the Liliaceae family. Most of the species are small with starry yellow flowers in spring. They have rather long leaves, and you have to let them build up a good clump to get a good effect.
Gagea caroli-kochii is a rare alpine species distributed from Transcaucasus to NW Iran. This species has 1-2 basal leaves and a large solitary flower on short, 1-2 cm pedicel. It appears soon after snow melts, May-June. Photo was taken in the Central Caucasus, Georgia by Oron Peri.
Gagea chlorantha is a common species in the eastern Mediterranean spreading to Iran, Iraq and north to S. Turkemanistan. It is a small slender species with round tepals. Growing in variuos habitats, often in large numbers, flowering in February - March. Photos taken by Oron Peri in the Negev desert, South Israel.
Gagea fibrosa is very widely distributed in the eastern Mediterranean and as far as the Caucasus. The species epithet comes from the dense mat of fibers around the cluster of tiny bulbs. They are easy to grow from seed, flowering in 3 years. The flowers close up in dim light. Photo by Jane McGary
Gagea filiformis is easily recognised by its 'curly' appearance. This species has a solitary, narrow, basal leaf and a prominent floral leaf which is same length or longer than the flowers which are 3-7 in number. Growing in light woods, often under conifer trees, it tends to form small clumps. Distributed from Kazakhstan to Mongolia and Pakistan. Photo taken by Oron Peri in Kazakhstan.
Gagea glacialis is a common alpine species, growing in meadows in damp conditions, it is distributed from north-west Turkey to the Caucasus. This species has two unequal basal leaves; often it appears in large numbers near melting snow. Photographed by Oron Peri in the Lesser Caucasus in Georgia.
Gagea lutea is widespread in woods and meadows in Europe. It has one leaf and 5-10 cm stems with starry greenish yellow flowers. Photos from Alessandro Marinello.
Gagea minutiflora is a tiny Central Asian alpine species; it is about 5 cm, with a solitary flower. Growing in rocky situations, it flowers from May to June. Photo taken by Oron Peri in Kazakhstan.