Dolden-Milchstern, Ornithogalum umbellatum - care

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Milk Star - Ornithogalum

The Dolden-Milchstern transforms drab surfaces along the woody edge or under light trees into a star-studded sea of ​​flowers. With its flowering period from April to June, the petite mass flowering skilfully bridges the time between the classic early flowering plants and lush summer flowering plants. At the same time, the resilient onion flower scores with undemanding care. What to do in order for Ornithogalum umbellatum to spread its star carpet every year is no longer hidden here.


  • Plant genus Milk stars (Ornithogalum)
  • Species: umbels-daisy (Ornithogalum umbellatum)
  • Perennial onion flower
  • Hardy to -20 degrees Celsius
  • White star flowers from April to June
  • Growth height 10 to 25 centimeters
  • Lanceolate, deep green leaves
  • Toxic in all parts
  • Further name: Star of Bethlehem
The periwinkle milk star not only ensures a firework of white flower stars in the flower bed; In the flower box and bucket, the petite perennial also enjoys great popularity.

Location and soil condition

Like all onion flowers, an umbels' daisy star may not stand in permanently moist soil. Too big is the risk that rot develops. The following site conditions spur the busy flowering plant to peak performance:
  • Sunny to partially shaded location
  • Humous, well-drained soil
  • Gladly sandy-loamy to gritty-loamy
  • Ideal is a pH of 8-10
For the culture in the planter comes as a substrate conventional potting considered, which is cut with a few handfuls of sand or perlite to the needs of Ornithogalum umbellatum. As a houseplant, a daisy star can tolerate the full sun on the south window, at temperatures between 16 and 25 degrees Celsius.


Once an umbels' daisy star has acclimatised at the appropriate location, the nursing effort is limited to the following activities:
  • Water in case of dryness
  • Let the soil dry in between
  • Fertilize twice a month from March to the end of flowering
If withered flowers and leaves are regularly plastered, this action animates the Star of Bethlehem to re-budding.


Milk Star - Ornithogalum

The flowering season for the umbels daisy extends from September to November. At the chosen location, the soil is thoroughly raked until it is free of weeds and fine crumbly. With a hand scoop you dig now small holes with a depth of approximately 10 centimeters, in a distance of 15-20 centimeters. Ornithogalum umbellatum are particularly beautiful in small groups of 5 to 10 specimens. Put each onion with the bud upwards, fill the pit with soil and water the planting place. If there are voles in the garden, it is advisable to use a vole basket. The close-meshed wire basket is first placed in the ground to then fill it with soil and the flower bulbs. On a wire mesh to cover can be dispensed with, since the pests are not active above ground.
ConclusionThe umbels' daisy bears in the plant composition of the garden care for an uninterrupted bloom. When the classic early flowering blooms and the summer flowers are still in the starting blocks, the hour of the white star-shaped blossoms of Ornithogalum umbellatum will strike. In order to benefit from this abundance of flowers, it requires little care. The substrate should not dry out and should not be permanently soaked. Every 2 weeks a portion of fertilizer ensures the nutrient supply. Winter protection is advisable under normal conditions only in the planter.

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