Star of Bethlehem
Common Names: Star of Bethlehem, Chincherinchee
Botanical names: Oronithogalum, (or-ni-THOG-a-lum)
Availability: Year round
Vase life: 14 to 21 days
Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Hundreds of small star shaped flowers cluster at the top of leafless stems, 12 to 24 inches long.
Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek words ornis (bird) and gala (milk).
Design notes: A beautiful, versatile flower adding line, mass, or accent to many types of arrangements.
Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with 2 or three flowers open at the base of the spike. The remaining buds should be swelling and showing color. Avoid stems that are turning yellow as their flowers may not open.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional notes: Oronithogalum is highly phototropic and blossoms will grow toward the light. Store upright and avoid side light.