Native from temperate climates, those species grow very well in the garden!
Common name : Common ornithogalum
Scientific name : Ornithogalum
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Category : Bulbs
Type of plant : Perennial
Ornithogalum are bulbous perennial plants with drooping basal leaves, with an inflorescence in the form of a terminal spike, bearing star-shaped, white or soft-green flowers.
They are very easy growing plants that do not require any special care, and will give you flowers for many years.
Among those species are Ornithogalum umbellatum, the type species, the wild asparagus - Ornithogalum pyrenaicum - whose young shoots are edible, hence the name "asparagus", Ornithogalum narbonense, a very drought-resistant species, Ornithogalum angustifolium, a species found in the wild in and around France and the UK, and Ornithogalum bourgaeanum - a species native to the mountainous regions of eastern France, the hardiest of all.
Sowing & planting
10 - 60
6.2 - 6.7
Repot my common ornithogalum
In autumn, repot 3-4 bulbs per pot then cover with 10 cm of potting soil.
Plant my common ornithogalum
These can be planted in open soil or in pots - but never indoors! - in a draining soil, and in full sun - ideally in autumn, so you will have flowers in the following spring.
They prefer clay soils with a good drainage and fairly poor in organic matter. Space bulbs about 15 cm apart, because the plant will make many bulblets.
Dig a hole about 5 centimeters deep, and put the bulb at the bottom of the hole, tip pointing up. You can add a small layer of sand at the bottom of the hole for better drainage. Cover with soil, and water.
If planting in a pot - make sure it has a hole! - add a layer of gravel or sand at the bottom, then use a mixture of 2/4 of garden soil, 1/4 of sand and 1/4 of potting soil.
Water my common ornithogalum
It may be necessary, at the the start of the season and until flowering is over, to water those, in a well-drained soil. For potted bulbs, water weekly during the growing season. Do not water after the flowering.
Mulch my common ornithogalum
A light layer of mulch over a well-drained soil will limit evaporation and much of the need for watering.
Dead leaves and small broken branches will do perfectly! Mulch out in November, and again if necessary in April-May. 3-4 cm of mulch should be enough.
Prune my common ornithogalum
Cut out faded flowers regularly, and cut down the plant after the end of flowering, once the leaves have yellowed.
Propagate my common ornithogalum
After 4 years or less, your plants will flower less, due to lack of space between them.
Take out your bulbs at the end of the summer. Detach the small cloves that have formed around the bulb. Replant immediately.