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Ornithogalum dubium (Star of Bethlehem)

Star of Bethlehem, Orange Star Flower, Sun Star, Yellow Chinkerinchee, Geeltjienkerientjee


Native to South Africa, Ornithogalum dubium (Star of Bethlehem) is a bulbous perennial boasting brilliant clusters of 5-25 yellow to orange flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with a contrasting bead-like black eye. Blooming over a long-season, extending from late winter to spring, the showy blossoms rise above the nearly prostrate foliage of narrowly lance-shaped, dark green to lime-green leaves. Mostly grown for cut flower and flowering pot-plant production, Star of Bethlehem also makes an attractive rock garden plant where it will happily naturalize.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grow up to 8-12 in. tall (20-30 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in well-drained soils
  • Virtually disease and pest free. Deer and critter resistant.
  • To be planted in spring. Propagate by seed as soon as ripe in the autumn or sow in spring. Remove offsets when dormant.
  • All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested and the sap may irritate skin.
  • Native to South Africa

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A member of the Hyacinth family, Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem) are bulbous perennials grown for their clusters of typically star-shaped, white flowers in spring or summer, depending on the species. They quickly form large clumps of grassy or strap-like leaves.. However, some basic rules need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.Read More

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Ornithogalum - Star of Bethlehem
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Winter
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spread 3" – 4" (7cm – 10cm)
Spacing 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Depth 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Ornithogalum - Star of Bethlehem
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Winter
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spread 3" – 4" (7cm – 10cm)
Spacing 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Depth 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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