Chincherinchee, Ornithogalum (White) - Bulbs
Description for Ornithogalum (White)
The common name of the genus, Star-of-Bethlehem, is based on its star-shaped flowers. The genus Ornithogalum contains about 180 species. The genus is characterized by long linear to oblong-lanceolate (lance-shaped) leaves.
The bulbs are ovoid with free or concrescent scales. These are white or off-white with green or brown shading in the centre, which fades over time. These flowers last a long time, once open, and bend towards the light. The leaves are fleshy and sword-shaped, and the only number about six per stalk. They feel soft and smooth to the touch.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Star-of-Bethlehem||White||Fall plantings of ranunculus come into bloom in January-April, while spring plantings will flower in late summer.||4 to 24 inches (10 to 60 cm)||Medium|
Planting and care
Full sunlight through to full shade. Good drainage. Rich soil. In the early spring supply a top dressing of manure. Provide frequent feeds with weak fertilizer. Divide frequently to maintain vigor. Deadhead before seed-set to prevent spreading.
|Sunny and partial shady areas||Well-drained soil||Keep soil moist throughout the growing season.||Minimum 60 degrees F (16 degrees C)||Apply any organic fertilizer in every 2 months.|
Caring for Ornithogalum
- It is fairly easy to look after Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum bethlehem) and Chinkerinchee (Ornithogalum thyrsoides) and similar species; they should be fertilized in April by mixing manure into the soil; they will also require a light fertilizing until the end of the summer.
- Once established Ornithogalum may encroach, so weed as appropriate.
Spring or fall
Typical uses of Ornithogalum
Special features: These plants are best propagated by splitting the bulbils from the main bulbs and planting these.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The flowers are so much pretty to add your garden. Out of them, Ornithogalum thyrsoides grows well in gardens and provides pretty bursts of white amongst the green foliage.
Medicinal use: NA
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