Ornithogalum - curious

John Grimshaw j.grimshaw@virgin.net
Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:14:58 PDT
JIm Waddick asked about non-white Ornithogalum.

The one that springs immediately to mind is O. pyrenaicum, which has pale 
greenish yellow flowers, with darker green midribs on the segments. It is 
native in western Europe including southern England, where it is known as 
Bath Asparagus as the long racemes were harvested in bud for culinary 
purposes in the area around the town of Bath.

It is no great beauty, but a curious and harmless plant to have in the 

There are similarly coloured Ornithogala in South Africa, one that I'm 
familiar with being O. secundum from Namaqualand, but it is very 
insignificant compared with the glorious orange and yellow species Jim 

John Grimshaw

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Waddick" <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>

> Are there any hardy hybrid Ornithogalum ythat are any color
> other than same-old-white?

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