Sunday, July 18, 2010

Giant Chincherinchee Flower


Giant Chincherinchee
Ornithogalum saundersiae
(or-ni-THOG-al-um)

This is a bulb from South Africa that you don’t see too often growing in the garden but is sometimes available as a cut flower. I have never grown it myself but would like to someday. Since it tender it would have to be lifted out of the ground here every winter and stored in a cool dry place.

Ornithogalums are mostly native to South Africa and Europe. Here is a good reference page of the different species with pictures. Bulb Society dot org. It should be noted that this plant is considered poisonous to both farm amd domestic animals.

See more flowers from all over the world at Today’s Flowers .

For a bonus picture here is a Black and White Bee on Butterfly weed.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

SO SWEET SHOT, DEAR
CONGRATS
NICE SUNDAY
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lotusleaf said...

Lovely flowers.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous shots!

My flower entry, have a great Sunday!

JJ said...

Very pretty. How big is "giant"
JJ

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowers.

guild-rez said...

Great pictures and information. I know I have seen Ornithogalum flowers in Spain and loved the flowers.
Thank you for sharing.

Denise said...

I enjoyed learning about this Giant Chincherinchee. What a great name! I also thought the photo of bee on your butterfly weed was just lovely.
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