Skin contact with the bulb can cause dermatitis in sensitive people
. The bulb contains alkaloids and is poisonous
. Another report says that the bulb is poisonous to grazing animals
Bulb - raw or cooked
. The bulbs can be dried and ground into a powder
. Whilst the bulbs are palatable and wholesome according to some reports
, some caution is advised. See the notes above on toxicity.
Flowers - baked in bread
There are no material uses listed for Ornithogalum umbellatum.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the bulbs
. It is useful in the treatment of certain forms of cancer
The plant is used in Bach flower remedies - the keywords for prescribing it are 'After effect of shock, mental or physical'
. It is also one of the five ingredients in the 'Rescue remedy'
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame
. 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
. 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.
Practical Plants is currently lacking information on propagation instructions of Ornithogalum umbellatum. Help us fill in the blanks! Edit this page to add your knowledge.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in an ordinary garden soil
. Tolerates partial shade
Hardy to about -20°c. The dormant bulbs are very hardy and will withstand soil temperatures down to at least -10°c.
A very ornamental plant
, but it can be invasive where conditions suit it
. It can be naturalized in short turf or thin grass below shrubs
, 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.
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.
This table shows all the data stored for this plant.
Material uses & Functions
Native Climate Zones
Adapted Climate Zones
Native Geographical Range
Root Zone Tendancy
? Frohne. D. and Pf?nder. J. A Colour Atlas of Poisonous Plants. Wolfe ISBN 0723408394 (1984-00-00)
? 2.02.12.22.3 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
? Elias. T. and Dykeman. P. A Field Guide to N. American Edible Wild Plants. Van Nostrand Reinhold ISBN 0442222009 (1982-00-00)
? 4.04.14.24.3 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
? 5.05.1 Mabey. R. Food for Free. Collins ISBN 0-00-219060-5 (1974-00-00)
? 6.06.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
? 7.07.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
? 8.08.1 Coffey. T. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers. Facts on File. ISBN 0-8160-2624-6 (1993-00-00)
? 9.09.19.29.39.4 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
? 10.010.1 Johnson. C. P. The Useful Plants of Great Britain. ()
? 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)
? 12.012.112.212.312.412.512.6 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
? 13.013.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
? Grey. C. H. Hardy Bulbs. Williams & Norgate. (1938-00-00)
? Matthews. V. The New Plantsman. Volume 1, 1994. Royal Horticultural Society ISBN 1352-4186 (1994-00-00)
? Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (1962-00-00)