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Ornithogalum arabicum

Star of Bethlehem, Arabian Star Flower

Half-hardy Bulb

A tall, elegant early summer bulb bearing clusters of white starry flowers with striking black, bead-like ovaries at the centre and a delicious sweet scent. A superb specimen plant for the patio or greenhouse, this half-hardy bulb can also be plunged into summer borders and lifted for over-wintering in a frost-free position. Ornithogalum arabicum, also known as Arabian star flower, makes a fabulous cut flower for a vase indoors. Bulb size: 12/14. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 10cm (4").

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Ideal For:
patio, greenhouse, alpine & rockery, scented gardens, cut flower garden
Flowering Period:
May, June
full sun
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Outdoors, plant Ornithogalum bulbs in any moist, well drained soil in full sun. Plant bulbs at a depth of 10cm (4") and 10cm (4") apart. If grown outdoors, Ornithogalum arabicum will need lifting and over-wintering in a frost-free position. Alternatively grow Star of Bethlehem in containers of loam-based compost such as John Innes No.2, placing them on a sunny patio or in a cool greenhouse.
In autumn, allow the foliage to die back naturally before lifting Ornithogalum bulbs and cleaning them of soil and any remaining stems. Dry them in a well ventilated position for 2 weeks before storing them in a frost-free location for the winter. For pot-grown Ornithogalum, bring containers under cover in the autumn and keep frost-free over winter, allowing the compost to dry out. Resume watering in the spring.

Caution: irritant to skin and eyes, harmful if eaten.

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