Ornithogalum is a genus of perennial plants mostly native to southern Europe and southern Africa belonging to the family Asparagaceae. There are some species native to other areas such as the Caucasus. Growing from a bulb, species have linear basal leaves and a slender stalk, up to 30 cm or more tall, bearing clusters of typically white star-shaped flowers, often striped with green. The common name of the genus, Star-of-Bethlehem, is based on its star-shaped flowers, after the Star of Bethlehem that appeared in the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus.
Growing 8cm to 50cm with orange or yellow flowers and outer petals with dark tips. Flowers spring.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to Sow - Autumn
Photos with credit to the late Rod and Rachel Saunders, eminent experts on South African indigenous flora.
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