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Ornithogalum nutans (Drooping star of Bethlehem)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ornithogalum nutans

Other names

Drooping star of Bethlehem

Genus

Ornithogalum Ornithogalum

Species

O. nutans - O. nutans is a perennial with strap-shaped silvery leaves and tall stems with nodding, bell-shaped white and green flowers in spring.


Ornithogalum nutans is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Ornithogalum nutans (Drooping star of Bethlehem) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Underplanting, Wildflower

Cultivation

Plant 10cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Add grit to clay soils to improve drainage.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Ornithogalum nutans

Other names

Drooping star of Bethlehem

Genus

Ornithogalum Ornithogalum

Species

O. nutans - O. nutans is a perennial with strap-shaped silvery leaves and tall stems with nodding, bell-shaped white and green flowers in spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ornithogalum nutans (Drooping star of Bethlehem) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Underplanting, Wildflower

Cultivation

Plant 10cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Add grit to clay soils to improve drainage.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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