Photo by Cameron McMaster,
The white flowers by Eugene Marinus,
And the pale yellow flowers by Kevin
Early stage by Apostolou Stavros,
Jens Wilken Hornemann, 1813
Southern Namibia, Western
Clay - Grit
White - Pale Yellowish
Eliokarmos pilosus, Mart.-Azorín, M.B.Crespo & Juan.
Phalangium pilosum, Poir.
Ornithogalum hispidum subsp. bergii, Oberm.
This member of the Hyacinthaceae*
was given this name by Jens Wilken Hornemann in 1813. It is found in
southern Namibia and western South Africa, growing in a well drained
clayish or gritty soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
from ten to 40 centimetres in height. The flowers are white to pale
genera name from Greek: ornithos; 'bird' and gala; 'milk'.
The species name from the Latin hispidus; ‘rough’ or
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae
now part of
This is a winter-grower.