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Ornithogalum lithopsioides 'Star of Bethlehem'

Description: Ornithogalum lithopsioides, commonly known as 'Star of Bethlehem,' is a charming bulbous plant in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae. It is noted for its clusters of star-shaped, white flowers with green stripes along the midrib of each petal. The flowers bloom in late winter to early spring, emerging from tall, slender stalks above the foliage. The leaves are narrow and strap-like, typically dark green in color, forming basal rosettes.

Distribution: Ornithogalum lithopsioides is native to the winter rainfall regions of South Africa, particularly found in the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces. It grows in sandy, well-draining soils and is often found in rocky slopes or grasslands.

Care Sheet:


  • Requirement: Bright, indirect light.
  • Details: Ornithogalum lithopsioides prefers bright light conditions. Indoors, place it near a window where it can receive plenty of indirect sunlight. Outdoors, ensure it gets morning sunlight but is shaded from intense afternoon sun.


  • Requirement: Moderate watering during active growth.
  • Details: Water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch, allowing excess water to drain away. During the growing season (spring and autumn), water more frequently, but reduce watering in the summer dormancy period. Avoid overwatering to prevent bulb rot.


  • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
  • Details: Use a well-draining, gritty soil mix formulated for bulbs or succulents. A mix of potting soil, sand, and perlite works well. Good drainage is essential to prevent waterlogged soil conditions.


  • Requirement: Moderate temperatures.
  • Details: Ideal temperatures range from 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C) during the active growing season. Ornithogalum lithopsioides can tolerate cooler temperatures but should be protected from frost and temperatures below 50°F (10°C).


  • Requirement: Low to moderate humidity.
  • Details: This plant prefers average humidity levels and does not require additional humidity. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues.


  • Requirement: Light fertilization.
  • Details: Fertilize sparingly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring and autumn). Avoid fertilizing during the winter dormancy period.


  • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
  • Details: Repot Ornithogalum lithopsioides only when necessary, typically every few years or when the bulbs have outgrown their container. Use a slightly larger pot with good drainage.


  • Requirement: Offsets or seeds.
  • Details: Propagate Ornithogalum lithopsioides by dividing offsets that develop around the main bulb. Carefully separate these offsets and plant them in individual pots. Alternatively, collect and sow seeds in a well-draining seed-starting mix.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Ornithogalum lithopsioides 'Star of Bethlehem,' enjoying its delicate, star-shaped flowers and attractive foliage in your collection of bulbs and succulents.


Ornithogalum lithopsioides 'star of Bethlehem' = 9cm pot

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