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Products > Ornithogalum dubium
Ornithogalum dubium - Snake Flower

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Hyacinthaceae (~Amaryllidaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Ornithogalum dubium (Snake Flower) - Ornithogalum, is a genus of 80 species in the Lily family (more recently placed in the Hyacinthaceae). They are bulbous perennials found in a variety of habitats and most have white flowers resulting in the common name "Star of Bethlehem": Ornithogalum dubium, native to the southwestern cape province of South Africa, however is one of the few yellow or orange flowering species in the genus. It is almost prostrate, with 4 inch long lance-shaped dark pale green basal leaves and bears 15-20 tangerine colored flowers in sqherical-shaped racemes atop 12"-15" stems. Best in a moderately fertile, well-drained soil, in a sunny location. Cold hardy in the ground in zones 7-10 and planted in cool greenhouses elsewhere. Interest in growing O. dubium as a cut flower as well as a flowering pot-plant greatly increased in recent years. This plant and other new hybrids of Ornithogalum are the result a joint breeding program to improve Ornithogalum. Started in the Spring of 1988 by the United States Department of Agriculture's Florist and Nursery Crops Laboratory of Beltsville, Maryland (USDA) and the University of California at Irvine Arboretum (UCI), much of this work was done by the late Fred Meyer.  The information displayed on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations that we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how it has performed in our crops out in the nursery field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well, and welcome hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information we do not mention that would aid others in growing Ornithogalum dubium.