This description concerns frost-sensitive species of Ornithogalum, and often grown indoors in temperate climates.
Common name : Star-of-Bethlehem
Scientific name : Ornithogalum
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Ornithogalum make perfect potted flowers!
These species tolerate more or less the cold, they are grown either as annuals or as houseplants to return in the fall. They will appreciate moist, neutral or acidic soils, with lots of light. The flower stalks can reach 1 m in height, sometimes much less depending on the species, while the basal leaves are thick, oblong and measure about twenty centimeters.
Among the species concerned are the Star of Bethlehem - Ornithogalum arabicum - with star-shaped white flowers with a black dot in the center, Ornithogalum dubium with golden yellow or bright orange flowers, Ornithogalum magnum, a slightly hardier species with pure white starry flowers, Ornithogalum nutans, with funnel-shaped flowers, immaculate white on the outside and jade green on the outside, Ornithogalum balansae, a small species with yellow-white star-shaped flowers, and Ornithogalum candicans, a late-blooming species with white trumpet flowers.
Sowing & planting
5 - 100
6 - 7
Plant my star-of-bethlehem
Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low.
Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air.
Water copiously just after planting.
If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.
Water my star-of-bethlehem
Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !
Shelter my star-of-bethlehem
You have to shelter or protect this plant for the winter season.
Put outside my star-of-bethlehem
Take your potted plant out right after the last frosts.