Ornithogalum juncifolium

Water Needs

moderate; high; water wise

Ornithogalum juncifolium
Grass-leaved Chincherinchee

20 cm


Light Conditions





white; September to February; spring summer

sun; damp sun; water feature; wildlife insects

Garden Situation


coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; grassland; fynbos; bushveld;


thicket; western cape; subtropical east coast; Karoo; bushveld savanna; Succulent Karoo

Rain Season


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Ornithogalum juncifolium: Grass-leaved Chincherinchee The Grass-leaved Chincherinchee is a beautiful, still unknown plant for the front of a wildflower meadow, grassland, or perennial border. Narrow, leaves reach 20 cm, and mature plants form thick grass-like clumps of bright green. Flowers are small, 10 – 20 mm in diameter, on short stalks. They are white and star-like, with a central green stripe. Flowering is from September to February. Occurring in damp grasslands and on cliffs, from the southeastern Cape to Mpumalanga, so plant it in a damp, sunny area of the garden, or in a normal garden soil in areas that receive good rains. Plant with bulb buried. Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Western Cape Albany Thicket, Fynbos, Grassland, Indian Ocean Coastal Belt, Nama Karoo, Savanna, Succulent Karoo Wooded slopes, rock crevices, sandstone ledges, dry flats or exposed rocky slopes.

Ornithogalum juncifolium
Ornithogalum juncifolium