This native of the Mediterranean area is a bulbous perennial forming fleshy, lance-shaped leaves, the strong flower stalks carrying pyramidal clusters of white, star-shaped flowers with a green central vein on each petal in late summer.
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination. Many species will only germinate in the spring after a good chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on seedlings in small pots before planting out into sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground in a well-drained spot.
Common name:Ornithogalum narbonense, Narbonne Star-of-Bethlehem, Pyramidal Star-of-Bethlehem, Southern Star-of-B
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial