- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: excellent long-lasting cut flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy (will require winter protection)
Dense clusters of star-shaped, white flowers top the upright stems that emerge from the lax clumps of foliage in early summer. At around the same time, the narrow, lance-shaped foliage usually starts to die back. Each stem can have up to 30 flowers, so when planted in large clumps, the overall effect is quite spectacular. make sure to plant more than you need as the flowers make superb additions to a vase.
- Garden Care: Plant bulbs 5 - 7cm deep outside, in a warm, sheltered spot after the worst frosts have passed, allowing 20 - 30cm between each. After the flowers have died back, lift and store the bulbs in a frost-free position until planting out again the following year. The bulbs can also be potted up using a good, general-purpose compost and moved into the garden for the warmer months.
- Harmful if eaten
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I have read that ornithogalum (star of Bethlehem) are quite invasive, in fact in the USA they seem to be categorised as very invasive. I love them but am worried about planting them in my fairly small garden. They would be in a raised brick bed in a mixed planting scheme in a partially shaded site. Please can you provide advice about realistically how much this plant can be expected to spread? Can they instead be grown successfully in a container (which could be submerged in the soil)?
Many thanks.Asked on 12/6/2015 by Lubieloo from SW London
I would describe this species as a robust grower and each plant has an eventual spread of around 10cm. Thy do self sedd though, so in time they will spread, but I would not call them particularly invasive (unlike its close relatives O. umbellatum or O. nutans).Answered on 15/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I am growing Ornithogalum Thyrsoides successfully in Northern Portugal and have bought more bulbs from the local market. They have just finished flowering and I have bought them with the dead heads intact. Can I put them straight into the ground or should they be stored until the spring. lilimarleneAsked on 7/1/2013 by lilimarlene from Ponte da Lima, Portugal
Generally in the UK after the flowers have died back, we would recommend lifting and storing the bulbs in a frost-free position until planting out again the following year.
RegardsAnswered on 7/2/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Bulbs are ideal for anyone who rates themselves as 'keen-but-clueless' because they are one of the easiest plants to grow. Provided you plant them at the right time of year at more or less the right depth, they will reward you year after year with a relRead full article