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Ornithogalum magnum

Circa 1935, this prized cut flower has slender, almost feathery, flowering racemes of multitudinous, small, star-shaped, glistening white flowers with faint green stripes on the petals' reverse, yellow anthers and linear foliage. Opening from the bottom up, the tip of the flowering stem looks like tightly clustered apple-green peridot gemstones before bursting into bloom. Deer- and rodent-resistant O. magnum is a fabulous mate for Allium Globemaster, creating a birthday garden party filled with purple balloons and big make-a-wish white candles. As it matures over time, when it’s happy where it’s planted, it may slowly naturalize by bulb offsets (called bulbils: baby bulbs on the sides of the mother bulb you’ve planted). Unlike the other Ornithogalum varieties, it rarely propagates by self-sowing seed. Since it’s not very hardy, you may want to apply no more than a 2 inch layer of mulch after the surface of the ground freezes to protect it from winter temperature spiking in the event of inconsistent snow coverage.

You’ll need about five bulbs per square foot. (Square footage is determined multiplying the planting site’s length times its width.) Bulb size: 10 cm/up. Full to partial sunlight. Height: 20” to 24”. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: May/June. Plant 5” deep and 6” apart. HZ: 5-8.

Ornithogalum are The Art & Soul of Spring.

Ornithogalum Horticultural Tips
Catalog #3767
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