Branched St Bernard's Lily Anthericum ramosum

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
branched St Bernard's lily


Anthericum ramosum, commonly known as branching St Bernard's lily, is a graceful perennial plant that is renowned for its aesthetic appeal in a garden setting. The plant features a clump of narrow, linear leaves that have a grass-like appearance, providing a lush, green backdrop for other garden elements. From this tuft of foliage, delicate stems arise, which bear the weight of the plant's distinctive flowers. The blossoms are star-shaped, with typically white petals that are often adorned with a hint of green or cream, exuding a bright and cheerful aura. Each flower stem showcases a loose array of these enchanting flowers, creating a frothy and elegant display that can add lightness to any floral arrangement. The branching nature of the flower stems adds an airy texture to the plant's overall appearance. When in bloom, the branching St Bernard's lily becomes a hive of activity, attracting various pollinators with its open, accessible flowers. After the flowering season, the plant may produce small, rounded seed capsules that add further interest to its profile. Despite the absence of details on its size, branching St Bernard's lily's attractive features make it a versatile addition to a range of garden designs, from informal cottage gardens to more structured modern landscapes. Its resilience and striking visuals ensure it remains a favorite among gardeners and plant enthusiasts.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Branched St Bernard's Lily, Branching Anthericum

    • Common names

      Anthericum liliago var. ramosum, Chlorophytum ramosum, Phalangium ramosum, Echevaria ramosa.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Anthericum ramosum, commonly known as the St Bernard's lily, is not listed as a toxic plant to humans. There is limited information available about its toxicity, but it is generally considered not harmful if touched or ingested in small quantities. However, as with many plants, it is always possible for individuals to experience an allergic reaction or sensitivity, so it is advisable to avoid ingesting this plant or handling it extensively if you are uncertain about your sensitivity to it.

    • To pets

      Anthericum ramosum, commonly known as the St Bernard's lily, is not typically listed as toxic to pets. There is not a lot of information regarding its toxicity in animals, but it is generally not considered a plant of concern for pet poisoning. If a pet ingests part of this plant, they are unlikely to experience more than mild gastrointestinal upset, if anything at all. However, individual pets may have sensitivities, and it's always best to monitor your pet and consult with a veterinarian if they ingest any plants and begin to show signs of illness.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-3 feet (0.3-0.9 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Anthericum ramosum, commonly known as branching St Bernard's lily, adds aesthetic appeal to gardens with its delicate white flowers and slender leaves.
    • Drought Tolerance: It is relatively tolerant of dry conditions once established, making it suitable for water-wise gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant requires minimal care, making it a good choice for novice gardeners or those with limited time for gardening.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers can attract pollinators like bees, providing a beneficial environment for these insects.
    • Ground Cover: Branching St Bernard's lily can serve as an effective ground cover, helping to reduce soil erosion and suppress weed growth.
    • Edging Plant: It works well as an edging plant alongside garden paths or flower beds, providing a neat border.
    • Seasonal Interest: Offers seasonal interest with its bloom time in late spring or early summer.
    • Container Gardening: Suitable for growing in containers, allowing for flexibility in garden design and plant placement.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Anthericum ramosum, also known as Branched St Bernard's lily, can be employed for educational purposes, such as a tool in botany classes to teach plant morphology and reproductive biology.
    • The resilient nature of Branched St Bernard's lily makes it a suitable choice for xeriscaping, a landscaping method that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation.
    • It's often used as a companion plant in gardens, thanks to its ability to coexist well with others by not overly competing for resources.
    • Branched St Bernard's lily can be incorporated into mixed floral arrangements and displays due to its attractive and delicate appearance.
    • The plant could be examined as a model for scientific studies on survival and adaptation strategies in different environments, given its hardiness.
    • In artisan crafts, the unique form of the Branched St Bernard's lily can inspire nature-based designs for items such as jewelry or textiles.
    • Its structured growth pattern may offer insights for biomimicry in design fields, looking towards nature for inspiration in creating sustainable human-made structures.
    • Branched St Bernard's lily can also be used to provide subtle structure in landscape painting, helping artists convey depth and form within natural scenes.
    • For culinary presentation, although the plant is not known for being edible, the leaves might be used for garnishing specialty dishes for decorative purposes, provided they are thoroughly cleaned and not consumed.
    • Digital artists and game developers might use the aesthetic of Branched St Bernard's lily as inspiration for fantastical flora within virtual worlds.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Anthericum ramosum, commonly known as St. Bernard's lily, is not typically used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Anthericum ramosum, or St. Bernard's lily, is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Purity: The delicate and clean appearance of the Star of Bethlehem flower, which Anthericum ramosum closely resembles, often symbolizes purity and innocence.
    • Hope and Rebirth: Blooming with the coming of spring, these flowers are seen as symbols of hope and the rebirth of nature after the winter.
    • Guidance: Known as the Star of Bethlehem, the flower is associated with guidance and navigation, relating to the Biblical story where a star guided the three wise men to the birthplace of Jesus.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-early summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The St. Bernard's lily should be regularly watered, aiming for moist but not waterlogged soil. Typically, watering once a week is sufficient, but this may vary based on temperature and humidity. During the active growing season in spring and summer, you may need to water more frequently, such as every 5 to 7 days, providing about a gallon of water each time, depending on the size of the plant and pot. In winter, reduce watering to every other week, ensuring the top inch of soil dries out between waterings to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    St. Bernard's lily thrives best in bright, indirect light. It can benefit from some direct sunlight, but prolonged exposure to harsh afternoon sun can be damaging. A spot near an east or north-facing window where it can receive gentle morning light or filtered afternoon light is ideal.

  • thermometerTemperature

    St. Bernard's lily prefers temperatures between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, making it well-suited for most indoor environments. It can survive temporary dips down to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but it should not be exposed to temperatures below that as it can cause damage to the plant. Avoid placing it near drafts or heating vents to maintain consistent temperature conditions.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the St. Bernard's lily to remove any yellow or dead leaves and to encourage bushier growth. This is best done in the early spring before new growth begins. Pruning every couple of months will help maintain its shape and remove any spent flower stalks. The best time for pruning is after the plant has flowered, or as needed to keep it tidy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    St. Bernard's lily thrives in a well-draining soil mix, composed of loam, peat, and sharp sand, which facilitates proper aeration and moisture retention. Ideal soil pH for St. Bernard's lily is slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. Regularly check the pH level to maintain optimal soil conditions for plant health.

  • plantRepotting

    St. Bernard's lily, commonly known as St. Bernard's lily, should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it becomes root-bound. It’s best to repot in spring, using a slightly larger pot to accommodate root growth and using fresh soil mix to replenish nutrients.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    St. Bernard's lily prefers moderate to high humidity levels, typically around 40-60%. Avoid placing it in extremely dry environments; a room humidifier or pebble tray with water can help maintain the ideal humidity around the plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place St. Bernard's lily near a window with bright, indirect light.

    • Outdoor

      Grow St. Bernard's lily in partial shade and shelter from wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Anthericum ramosum, commonly known as Branched St. Bernard's lily, starts its life cycle from a seed, which germinates to establish a young plant. The seedling goes through vegetative growth, developing a rosette of linear leaves and a robust root system. As it matures, the plant enters the reproductive stage, producing tall, slender flowering stems bearing small, star-shaped white flowers during the late spring to early summer. Following pollination, which is often aided by insects such as bees, the flowers develop into capsules containing several seeds. Once the seeds are mature, they are dispersed by wind or animals, completing the life cycle of the plant. In suitable conditions, Anthericum ramosum may also propagate vegetatively through division of its rhizome, thus skipping the seed stage for that cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-early summer

    • Anthericum ramosum, commonly known as the St Bernard's lily, can be effectively propagated by division, a popular method used for this plant. This method involves gently separating the plant's clumps into smaller segments, making sure each new piece has a portion of the roots. The division is best done in early spring or autumn. Carefully dig up the plant, then use your hands or a sharp knife to cut through the root ball, creating segments that have at least one growth point or shoot. Replant the divisions immediately, spacing them about 12 inches (approximately 30 centimeters) apart to allow for growth. Water the new plants thoroughly after planting to help establish them in their new location. This technique allows gardeners to rapidly increase their stock of St Bernard's lily while maintaining its health and vigor.