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Ornithogalum dubium


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Ornithogalum dubium is unusual in its genus for having bright tangerine orange flowers rather than white and green centres.


Description:
Ornithogalum dubium is unusual in its genus for having bright tangerine orange flowers rather than white and green centres. It blooms in spring with rounded heads of its star-like flowers on stems up to 20 inches tall. This frost tender bulb needs to be stored in a dry frost-free location in winter or, in zone 8, planted in a protected location against a building. Provide lots of water when in growth followed by a dry resting period. Endemic to the Cape of South Africa.


Common Name: Sun Star

Family: Asparagaceae (The Asparagus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Orange

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: No

Benefits:

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Northern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa, where it is native to vleis, sandy flats, lower mountain slopes and in disturbed ground. Although it is a Cape winter rainfall species, it grows well in gardens in the summer rainfall region.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Southern Africa and Madagascar

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