PlantFiles: Snake Plant, Yellow Chincherinchee, Sun Star Ornithogalum dubium
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Hardiness: USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Orange Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring
Other details: This plant is suitable for growing indoors Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Mar 23, 2013, gram_nan from Chattanooga, TN wrote:
I am hopeful, but after receiving this lovely plant with orange blossoms three days ago it's tallest blossom instead of standing stick straight is bent horizontal. It did not seem dry to touch, but has drunk a lot of water this a.m. I am hoping after repotting from its tiny pot it will recover. Wondering how large a pot to put it in? Also if the fluorescent light above it where it sits on my kitchen counter may be a problem. Because my windows have some tinting to keep some light out I chose to leave the light on because according to the tag info this plant needs bright indirect light in a sunny window.
On Jan 1, 2011, danielf7 from Tel Aviv Israel wrote:
Hi, I bought some Ornithogalum Dubium (Sun Stars) in Israel which do not need to be placed in water. They have bloomed beautifully and will last 1 month I was told (it has been 10 days already). Does anyone know anything about this?
On Aug 11, 2010, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
This species is an interesting additonal to a container garden - they will make 2 to 3 flushes of flower spikes but usually works best when their foliages are covered by low growing annuals. Wintering have failed indoor at room temperature as it only produce skinny leafs with no reblooming occuring.
On Jun 8, 2008, spaceman_spiff from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Just bought this plant at a local Wal-Mart, where they had bazillions of them. Had never heard of it before. The blooms are progressing, but it's already showing signs of "scragliness" as one other member had posted. After it's done blooming I'm wondering if I should plant it outside or try to keep it in a pot.... It's nice and sunny and warm here, but I'm not sure if our summer rains will be too much for it.
Beautiful bright orange blossoms. I planted on the north side of my house in the spring, and I water it once a week or less. The phoenix heat (and my neglect) have not killed it yet. Now that summer is here parts of the plant are starting to dry up and turn brown, but apparently this is normal for the plant and it will return next spring.
On Jul 4, 2004, Pameladragon from Appomattox, VA wrote:
I found this plant at our Kroger's supermarket sold as "Sun Stars" in a 4" pot.
It was fairly showey but soon began to shed its blooms and become shaggy looking. While very pretty in flower, it is one of those plants that is more attarctive in mass than in a pot. As a potted plant it soon becomes stragly and the foliage yellows but if planted in a flower bed with a groundcover to hide the foliage it might be very effective.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Catalina Foothills, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona (3 reports) Brea, California Castro Valley, California El Dorado Hills, California Irvine, California Perris, California Rancho Cucamonga, California Wheatland, California Cape Coral, Florida New Port Richey East, Florida Atlanta, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Divernon, Illinois Minneapolis, Minnesota Airport Drive, Missouri Elizabeth City, North Carolina Ashley, Pennsylvania San Antonio, Texas Appomattox, Virginia