Ornithogalum Balansae

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Wit10 - 20 cmBijzondere bolgewassenVanaf 1 septemberSchaduw, Half schaduw, and ZonMaart and April

Height: 15 - 20 cm

Flowering period: March, April

Group: Ornithogalum bulbs

Delivery time: August to November

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The Ornithogalum Balansae is an early flowering plant. The bulbs give a truss of white flowers and have a nice broad leaf. They grow everywhere and multiply very well. The Dutch name is: broadleaf bird's milk.

From the Greek: ornis (bird) and gala (milk). The Dutch name is thus: bird's milk. The plant forms a flower bulb. The inflorescence is a umbel-shaped raceme with ten to twenty flowers, with the lower flower stems strongly elongated to form a screen. The flower consists of two trios of white petals inside. The flower has a diameter of 30-50 mm. The petals are green on the outside with a white border that extends to the end of the petal. The flower closes in bad weather, and also with sun during the afternoon. The plant is protected in the Netherlands. The plant reproduces by seed as well as by bulbs.

Planting requirements: Sun/hall shade.
Best in well-drained, fertile, humus-rich soil
planting depth 3 cm or twice the height of the bulb. Planting distance 15 cm
Does better when planted in ground covers.

This bulbous plant lends itself well to naturalising, for use in a flower meadow, for use in places with less light, in pots and also as a cut flower.

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