Ornithogalum rupestre is an attractive small bulb that occurs from the
Bokkeveld Mountains to the Klein Karoo, often preferring bare patches
where little else grows.
The bulbs have curved and narrow gray-green leaves that whither after
the plants have flowered in spring. The inflorescence is up to about 15
cm high. The flowers are white, but in the Little Karoo they are
yellow with a green centre.
The cultivation of Ornithogalum rupestre is easy. The bulbs grow just
below the soil surface and should be watered occasionally mainly in
autumn and winter as this corresponds to their natural growing period.
A well drained soil is preferred.
Ornithogalum rupestre, the yellow flowering form, growing in a bare patch in the Little Karoo.
The plants can produce one or two flowers at a time.
Vlok,J and A. Plants of the Klein Karoo. Hatfield: Umdaus Press, 2010.