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Uses

Toxic parts

Skin contact with the bulb can cause dermatitis in sensitive people[1]. The bulb contains alkaloids and is poisonous[2][3]. Another report says that the bulb is poisonous to grazing animals[4].

Edible uses

Notes

Bulb - raw or cooked[2][5][6][7][4]. The bulbs can be dried and ground into a powder[8]. Whilst the bulbs are palatable and wholesome according to some reports[2][9][10], some caution is advised. See the notes above on toxicity. Flowers - baked in bread[4].

Flowers

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Ornithogalum umbellatum.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

A homeopathic remedy is made from the bulbs[9]. It is useful in the treatment of certain forms of cancer[9]. The plant is used in Bach flower remedies - the keywords for prescribing it are 'After effect of shock, mental or physical'[11]. It is also one of the five ingredients in the 'Rescue remedy'[11].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[12]. Sow the seed thinly and leave the seedlings undisturbed in the pots for their first dormancy, but apply liquid feed at intervals, especially in their second year of growth. Divide the bulbs at the end of their second year of growth, putting 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for one more year and them plant them out into their permanent positions whilst they are dormant. The seed can also be sown in a cold frame in early spring. Division of offsets in September/October[12]. The larger bulbs can be replanted immediately into their permanent positions. It is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year before planting them out when dormant in late summer.

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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, succeeding in an ordinary garden soil[13][14]. Tolerates partial shade[12].

Hardy to about -20°c[12]. The dormant bulbs are very hardy and will withstand soil temperatures down to at least -10°c[15].

A very ornamental plant[13], but it can be invasive where conditions suit it[12]. It can be naturalized in short turf or thin grass below shrubs[12], though this should not be mown from the time the bulbs start to grow until they have set seed and the leaves are dying down.

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Ornithogalum umbellatum. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Ornithogalum umbellatum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Ornithogalum umbellatum
Genus
Ornithogalum
Family
Liliaceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    ?
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











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    5. ? 5.05.1 Mabey. R. Food for Free. Collins ISBN 0-00-219060-5 (1974-00-00)
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    9. ? 9.09.19.29.39.4 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
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    11. ? 11.011.111.2 Chancellor. P. M. Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies C. W. Daniel Co. Ltd. ISBN 85207 002 0 (1985-00-00)
    12. ? 12.012.112.212.312.412.512.6 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    13. ? 13.013.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    14. ? Grey. C. H. Hardy Bulbs. Williams & Norgate. (1938-00-00)
    15. ? Matthews. V. The New Plantsman. Volume 1, 1994. Royal Horticultural Society ISBN 1352-4186 (1994-00-00)
    16. ? Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (1962-00-00)