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Ornithogalum thyrsoides

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Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Ornithogalum (or-ni-THOG-al-um) (Info)
Species: thyrsoides (thurs-OY-deez) (Info)

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Category:
Bulbs
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Blue-Green
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral lmelling On Jan 24, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Robust, bulbous perennial with semi-erect, linear to narrowly lance-shaped, mid-green, basal leaves. The leaves run about 12" long with hariy margins, withering before the flowers open up.

In spring and early summer, the plant bears dense racemes of many cup-shaped white flowers, 3/4" across, cream or green at the bases.

From South Africa (Western Cape) Zones 7-10.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Carlsbad, California
Clayton, California
Cool, California
Laguna Niguel, California
Salinas, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Villa Park, California



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