Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem)
Ornithogalum, (commonly known as Star of Bethlehem), is a genus of the Hyacinthaceae family and is grown from bulb. In cut form it is a popular wedding flower.
Some varieties of ornithogalum are toxic and have been known to kill grazing livestock.
Ornithogalum is available as a cut flower in the wholesale flower markets – the main varieties being:
Ornithogalum Arabicum – available virtually all year round these days. Stem length vary between 60 – 90cm tall and are sold in wholesale wraps of 10 or 20 stems. Ornithogalum Arabicum’s white, star shaped flowers are positioned around a central globe at the top of a single stem.
Ornithogalum Dubium – available as a cut flower between December and May. Stem lengths are usually no taller than 30cm and are sold in wholesale wraps of 50 stems. Ornithogalum Dubium’s orange, star shaped flowers bloom up a central spear at the top of a single stem. Ornithogalum Dubium is commonly known as ‘Sun Star’ because of its bright orange flowers.
Ornithogalum Dubium Yellow Asa – exactly the same details apply as Ornithogalum Dubium apart from the fact the flowers are a beautiful bright yellow.
Ornithogalum Sanderiae (or Sandersonia) – a very similar looking Ornithogalum to Ornithogalum Arabicum and also available year round as a cut flower. Stem lengths vary between 60 – 80cm tall and are sold in wholesale wraps of 10 or 20 stems.
Ornithogalum Thyroides – now available virtually all year round as a cut flower, (and commonly known as ‘Chincherinhee’), Ornithogalum Thyroides has small, star shaped white flowers that bloom from a central spear at the top of a single stem. Ornithogalum Thyroides is sold in wholesale wraps of 20 or 50 stems. Stem lengths vary between 30 – 60cm tall.
General Availability Chart
To get the best from your wholesale cut ornithogalum please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the ornithogalumin the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Always purchase ornithogalum a good two weeks before the intended usage as it takes an age for the flowers to open nicely.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the ornithogalum in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.