Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Ornithogalum thyrsoides
Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Common names: chincherinchee (English). 
Botanical name: Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Ornithogalum thyrsoides, commonly known as chincherinchee or star-of-Bethlehem, is a showy bulbous plant. It produces clusters of white flowers that last for a long time and bend towards the light. It is widely cultivated as a garden ornamental and a cut flower. It is also used traditionally as remedy for diabetes and skin irritation, but it is poisonous to livestock. It grows well in sunny, well-drained and slightly sloping sites, and is dormant in summer. It is a winter-growing species that flowers from late spring to mid summer.

Uses & Benefits: dye, pot plant

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Family: Hyacinthaceae
Type: geophyte
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