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Ornithogalum ID needed

Posted by arcana 9b, Greece (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 29, 09 at 7:51

Ok this guy is native to Greece and since to my inexperienced eye all white-flowering forms look about the same i'm gonna need your help to put a name.



Ornithogalum ID

Question No2:The pics are from last year.Right now the plant has just started making new leaves.Is it a good time to repot now or i should have done it while it was dormant?

Thanks for your help.


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RE: Ornithogalum ID needed

Sorry, I can't help you with question no. 1. In answer of no. 2, just on general principals, I would have tried to transplant before new foliage showed. You probably can still get away with it, but you'll have to be real careful to avoid root damage, if you want bloom this spring. Good luck! : ])


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RE: Ornithogalum ID needed

Thanx tugbrethil for your advice. I think i'll play it safe this year and repot the next.
Anybody make a wild guess for the ID?I guess it will be more difficult than i thought with so many similar forms...


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RE: Ornithogalum ID needed

Well, Ornithogalum all look about the same to my untrained eye to be honest, but how about O. montanum? The leaves are pressed against the soil like yours, is from the right part of the world.....could be.....I would look at the nice pics on the IBS and PBS web sites to see if you can figure it out. Nice looking plant whatever species it is :o) Dan

Here is a link that might be useful: Pacific Bulb Society


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RE: Ornithogalum ID needed

If you were potting on into a larger container you could probably get away with refreshing the mix, and cause only minimal root disturbance. Excellent drainage required.

Otherwise you could try delicately scraping off the top inch of mix and replacing with fresh. (Topdressing.)

As it is Ornithogalum - beware of little bulbils near the surface and be careful where you put the old mix. Some Ornithogalums have weedy tendencies under their dainty flowers.

I'd second Dan's choice of O montanum. It seems a bit short to be O nutans.


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RE: Ornithogalum ID needed

You guys are great!Thanx a bunch for the info.I think i'll go ahead with repotting after all, having generally a green thumb :)


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