Ornithogalum Bulbs plants and species.
A varied genus of flowering bulbs, Ornithogalum are from South Africa through to the Mediterranean. One of the common features is that all are spring to summer flowering, however most are also frost tender.
Best known for the Chincherinchee, although a few hybrids such as Ornithogalum 'Snowflake' an attractive white flowering cultivar of Ornithogalum thyrsoides.
One of the issue with many Ornithogalum species is that they spread, some to the extent that they become invasive. This is more of a problem in warmer climates, however they do spread easily.
- Maybe Ornithogalum thyrsoides better known as the Chincherinchee
- Or the white flowering Ornithogalum umbellatum which is known as the 'Star of Bethlehem' and its close relations, Ornithogalum magnum, Ornithogalum arabicum, or Ornithogalum nutans with its nodding flowers.
- Ornithogalum saundersiae is the Giant Chincherinchee
- The novelty plant Ornithogalum caudatum (syn. Ornithogalum longibracteatum) false sea onion or pregnant onion which is often grown as an indoor plant
Ornithogalum Bulbs are available for sale from the following growers
Wide range of spring flowering bulbs, summer bulbs, and snowdrops and bluebells "in the green". Includes Tulips, Dahlia, Canna, and others available by Mail Order.
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