- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Needs Winter Protection
- RHS Recommended
- Plants for Pollinators
- Flowering Height
- 45 cm
- Bulb Size
- 14/16 cm
- Whites & Creams
Otherwise known as ‘Star of Bethlehem’, Ornithogalum ‘Arabicum’ is crowned by tightly packed clusters of white, star-like flowers, each punctuated by a black, bead-like centre. The RHS has recognised this variety as part of their ‘Plants for Pollinators’ scheme, and the pollen-packed blooms will bring your garden to life with the gentle buzzing and fluttering of bees and butterflies. Renowned by florists for their exceptionally long vase life and their long, sturdy stems, make the most of your Ornithogalum indoors as well as out. Lift these half-hardy bulbs once the flowers and foliage have faded and place in a sheltered, frost-free location. Re-plant in late spring for an encore performance.
Ornithogalum thrive in warm, sunny spots in the garden, either in the ground or in pots.
Plant the bulbs in spring, 5-8cm deep, spaced 10cm apart into fertile well-drained soil. Water in after planting and consistently once leaves appear and if the soil appears dry. Do not allow the bulbs to sit in cold, wet soil.
Flowers appear in late summer on stems 15-80cm tall, depending on variety.
Bulbs planted in borders require lifting and storing over the winter and replanted the following spring.