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IMMEDIATE ATTENTION Unpack Ornithogalums
immediately upon their arrival in your facility, Select flower heads with only two or three open
check flower quality, and remove all stem bind- florets and no dry or crepelike petals. Make sure
stems are strong, turgid and green (no yellowing
ings and sleeves.
or brown spots).
STEM CUTTING Recut stems at an angle with a
sharp, sterile blade, removing at least 1 inch of toxicity caution
stem. You may cut stems either in air or under
water; however, if you cut stems under water, Indigestion and other symptoms of toxicity may
change the water or flower-food solution frequent- occur if any parts of Ornithogalums are ingested,
ly to help control bacteria levels. and dermatitis is possible if there is prolonged
HYDRATION Immediately after cutting the stem contact with the skin. Symptoms are usually minor,
ends, dip or place the stems into a hydration solu- but it’s wise to handle these flowers with care and
Ornithogalum tion, to help the flowers take up water or flower- to caution customers with pets and children.
Photo: The Sun Valley Group food solution more quickly.
NUTRITION Following the hydration solution treat-
BOTANICAL AND COMMON NAMES ment, place the flowers into a clean, disinfected
Ornithogalum thyrsoides
storage container partially filled with properly
Chincherinchee, Wonder flower,
proportioned bulb-flower-food solution (Orni-
African wonder flower O. arabicum O. saundersiae
thogalums are bulb flowers). Photos: Flower Council of Holland
Ornithogalum dubium
Note: Some experts suggest that these flowers fun facts
Yellow or Orange chincherinchee,
receive no benefit from the nutrient (sugar) in
Yellow or Orange star flower,
flower food solutions; instead, they recommend GROWTH SPURTS Ornithogalums, particularly
Yellow or Orange sun star,
adding six to eight drops of chlorine bleach per the flower heads, continue to grow after
Snake flower
quart of water to control the growth of bacteria. they’re cut, so leave room in arrangements for
Ornithogalum arabicum continued development. The stems tend to
Whether you use flower-food-solution (which
Star-of-Bethlehem, Arab’s eye, weaken as they grow.
contains a bactericide) or a few drops of bleach,
Arabian star flower, Black pearl lily, BENDING AND CURVING Flower heads will
Lesser cape lily recut flower stems, clean the storage containers
and change the water every other day. curve upward if placed at an angle in storage
Ornithogalum saundersiae containers or arrangements, and they also will
Giant chincherinchee REFRIGERATION After processing Ornithogalums, bend toward light, so store them vertically in
COLORS immediately place them into a floral refrigerator at their containers, and shield them from light
O. thyrsoides, O. arabicum and O. 40 F to 45 F, and allow them to hydrate for at least sources during storage.
saundersiae are white or creamy two hours before selling or arranging them. WHAT’S IN THE NAMES The genus name
white. O. dubium is available in ETHYLENE SENSITIVITY Low Ornithogalum comes from the Greek “ornis” (a
orange, peach, yellow-orange, yel- CONSUMER ACTION Advise consumers to recut bird) and “gala” (milk), probably alluding to the
low and cream. stems and change vase water or solution every egglike color of the flowers of some species.
VASE LIFE other day to maximize these flowers’ vase life. The odd common name “chincherinchee” was
given because, according to one reference
The typical vase life of Orni-
source, “The word is said to be imitative of the
thogalums is one to two weeks
sound made by the flower stalks rubbing
although, with proper care, they
together in the wind.”
can last a month or longer.
FAMILY MATTERS These flowers are a member
of the Hyacinthaceae/Liliaceae family. Two
O. thyrsoides, O. arabicum and O.
close relatives include hyacinths and grape
saundersiae are available year-
hyacinths (Muscari).
round from a combination of
HOME SWEET HOME O. thyrsoides, O. dubium
domestic and foreign growers. O. and O. saundersiae are native to South Africa
dubium is generally available from while O. arabicum is native to the Mediterranean
November through May, also from region (southern Europe, northern Africa and the
a variety of sources. Ornithogalum dubium Middle East) as well as western Asia. sfr
Photo: The Sun Valley Group
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