How to Plant Ornithogalum


Ornithogalum is a genus of drought-resistant flower that is closely related to the hyacinth. And like hyacinthaceae, ornithogalum's many varieties are prized for their exquisite star-shaped flowers. No matter the variety, easy-going ornithogalum merely needs to be planted in full sun and well-drained soil to blossom to break out in blooms in spring or summer. Get to know the variety of ornithogalum that you plan to plant. Most varieties are harmless and some can even be eaten as vegetables. But a few varieties of ornithogalum are poisonous and can kill grazing animals.

Step 1

Spread a 3-inch layer of compost. Then use a hoe loosen the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Mix in the compost as you dig and turn the soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole for each bulb that is slightly wider than the bulb and deep enough to cover it with 3 inches of soil. Neighboring holes should be 6 inches apart.

Step 3

Plant each ornithogalum bulb in its hole with its pointed end is facing up. Then cover the bulbs with soil.

Step 4

Water the newly planted ornithogalum bulbs with your hose until the soil is wet enough to form puddles.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Hoe


  • Ornithogalum Growing Information
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