Common names: wonder-flower, star-of-Bethlehem, chincherinchee; tjienk, tjienkerientjee, (Afr.)
Showy bulbous herb of vast horticultural importance because of its long lasting flower stalks suitable for use as cut flowers.
Ornithogalum thyrsoides is a perennial herb, 20 to 50 cm tall, with round bulbs becoming dormant in the winter months. The plant has few (5-7) fleshy leaves that die back after flowering. Leaves range from 15 to 30 cm in length and 0.5 to 1.5 cm in width, are lance-shaped, smooth and soft-textured.