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Chincherinchee

Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Also known as

Wonder-Flower, Star-Of-Bethlehem, Tjienkerientjee, Tjienk, Wit-Tjienk, Viooltjie (Afr.)

Ornithogalum thyrsoides 1c by Consultaplantas (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Flowerhead
Flowering in the Tinie Versfeld Reserve on the West coast
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Chincherinchee Overview

The chincherinchee is a bulbous perennial originally from Namaqualand to the Cape Penisula to Caledon and the Agulhas Plain in South Africa. This species grows in shallow pools, sandy flats, lower mountain slopes and in disturbed ground. It is a winter rainfall species, but it grows well in gardens in the summer rainfall region too. It is also grown commercially as a cut flower. Produces pure white, bowl-shaped flowers. This species has evolved to survive hot, dry summers through dormancy. ZA Distribution: Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems with Chincherinchee

Generally problem free.

How to harvest Chincherinchee

Flowers are cut for the vase, cut early in the mornings and place stems into water.

How to propagate Chincherinchee

Seed

Seed can be sown in autumn or spring into well draining potting mixture, keep moist.

Division

Propagated mainly by separation of bulbils from bulbs, during dormancy.

Bulbs

Propagate by seed or offsets, in autumn for spring-flowering bulbs, in spring for summer-flowering bulbs.

Special features of Chincherinchee

Pot plant

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

White or creamy-white, usually with a brown or green centre.

Other uses of Chincherinchee

Border, greenhouse, cutting bed, container and ideal for cut flowers