Ornithogalum – Ornithogalum dubium Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Ornithogalum Botanical Name: Ornithogalum dubium, or-ni-THOG-a-lum DOO-bee-um Decorative Life: Up to 2 weeks in water alone. Flower Color: Brown, Green, Orange, Red, White, Yellow Availability: Spring Family Roots: Member of the Liliaceae (lily family). Native to South Africa (Cape Province). Common relatives onion, alstroemeria, hyacinth, tulip and star of Bethlehem. Personality: Has 25 or more star-like flowers, 1 inch across, in dome-shaped clusters at stem ends. Stems (scape) leafless, 8-12 inches long. Plant is a herbaceous perennial from a bulb, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined. Mild flower fragrance. Tidbits: From the Greek “ornis” (a bird) and “gala” (milk), probably alluding to the egg-like color of the flowers of some species. The specific epithet name dubium means doubtful or dubious. Maybe suggesting that should not be named in the same genus as star-of-Bethlehem because flowers are not really egg-white! With over 3000 species, the lily family includes many medicinal and food species in addition to ornamental species.