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Arabian Star of Bethlehem
Hyacinthaceae
Ornithogalum arabicum


Thunder
Thunder
Flower Petal # 6
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb

Hyacinthaceae Family

Ornithogalum Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Arabian starflower, Arabís Eyes, Large Star of Bethlehem, Lesser Cape Lily


Location

Native to the Mediterranean basin

Physical Description
This plant has a very long leafless stem, (often more than a meter in length), with a roughly umbrella-shaped arrangement of small, waxy, white flowers on top. The distinctive green-black ovary gives the plant its common name.

Clusters of fragrant, white or creamy white, 1 to 2-inch-wide flowers with shiny black centers bloom in early summer on 12 to 18-inch-tall plants. Likes dry summer soil.

Racemes of large, white, fragrant flowers (to 2" diameter) bloom atop scapes to 18-24" tall in late spring to early summer. Each flower has star-like white petals (tepals) with yellow anthers and a central black bead-like ovary. Grass-like dark green foliage.




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General Information

Cultivation: Monitor soil moisture all season, watering as needed. Feed biweekly with a balanced, soluble fertilizer, following package directions. After flowering, stop feeding, and reduce watering.

Do not deadhead until all flowering has stopped. After leaves yellow, cut off foliage. In Zones 8 and colder, dig bulbs, and store in a cool spot (40°F), in shallow boxes filled with dry soil, peat, and sand.

Propagation: In spring, set bulbs 2-3 inches deep, and 4-5 inches apart for cut flowers or 10-12 inches apart in the border. Begin watering once new growth emerges in spring. Mulch to conserve moisture.

Food Uses: The boiled bulbs of are nutritious and tasty, and it is believed that the ancient Greeks ate the young shoots as a substitute for asparagus





Arabian Star of Bethlehem




Arabian Star of Bethlehem




Arabian Star of Bethlehem




Arabian Star of Bethlehem
Curtisís Botanical Magazine London, 1787-1800 engraving by Lansdown Guilding [Image in the public Domain]

Comment: Arabian Star of Bethlehem, Ornithogalum arabicum

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Thunder
Thunder
July 02, 2010
:o))

Entheogen
Entheogen
July 02, 2010
Very nice!

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