Ornithogalum viridiflorum

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Ornithogalum viridiflorum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Tribe: Ornithogaleae
Genus: Ornithogalum
O. viridiflorum
Binomial name
Ornithogalum viridiflorum
(I.Verd.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt[1]
  • Galtonia viridiflora I.Verd.[2]
  • Galtonia candicans 'Viridiflora'

Ornithogalum viridiflorum, syn. Galtonia viridiflora, green flowered Galtonia, is a species of bulbous flowering plant from South Africa and Lesotho,[3] grown as an ornamental plant in gardens. It is often sold under its older name Galtonia viridiflora.


Perennial bulbous geophyte, with strap-shaped leaves and erect stems up to 1 m in height. The inflorescence consists of a cone-shaped terminal raceme. The flowers, which appear in late summer, are pendant, bell-shaped and yellow to green (hence the name viridiflorum).[3][4]


Requires well drained soil and prefers full sun. In colder climates, mulching or lifting and over wintering are necessary. The leaves and stems are shorter than Ornithogalum candicans with which it is sometimes confused. The latter has white flowers, [3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Ornithogalum viridiflorum", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2012-05-21
  2. ^ Verdoorn 1955.
  3. ^ a b c d RHS 2015.
  4. ^ a b Hughes 2014.