Want to diversify your home garden ? Here is a 'touch of Africa.'

Chincherinchee (Ornithogalum)

Bring a ‘ touch of Africa’ to your yard with the brilliant orange or white Chincherinchee (Ornithogalum).

For a splash of vibrant color indoor or outdoor, grow these ornithogalum flowers.

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Their star-shaped, bell-like flowers are very decorative and tend to be extremely fragrant, blooming individually in circles carried at the top of leafless stems.

They can be grown in containers, or as a good garden plant. They can be left to naturalise in the garden.

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The most common is Ornithogalum thyrsoides.

Ornithogalum umbellatum, on the other hand, has larger star-shaped white flowers and narrower leaves, as well as a beautiful and very distinctive green stripe on each flower.

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Ornithogalum arabicum has a long stem with a distinctive umbrella of waxy white flowers carrying a green-black ovary in the centre.

Ornithogalum dubium is a lovely clear orange shade, and has cup-shaped flowers.

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Plant your orange Chincherinchee flowers in pots and keep them on a protected porch or in a cool indoor room in winter.

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The vibrant flowers bloom in spring and go dormant in summer when the weather heats up. Chincherinchee come in a range of colors.

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Sometimes called a “florist’s nightmare” because they have such a long vase life, and can very easily last a whole month after bring cut.

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Grow this star of Bethlehem bulbs in a potting soil comprised of equal parts perlite, peat moss and standard potting soil.

Use a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom to prevent moisture buildup and bulb rot.


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