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Albuca nelsonii

Albuca nelsonii

Rarely seen growing in gardens, yet worthy of more attention, Albuca nelsonii is one of the larger Albuca species and is native to Natal in South Africa.

It is the tall flower spikes that make this such an interesting plant, mature bulbs are large, almost the size of a baseball. In warmer climates it will be evergreen, in cooler areas semi evergreen.

The bulb is planted with the neck well above ground level, and over time will multiply to form a nice clump. Good strappy foliage, this is a species that grows well in a container as well as in the garden.

Albuca Nelsonii has large spikes to 3 ft. The white and green striped flowers appear from late spring through to summer.

Varieties

Other Albuca species include:
  • Albuca spiralis
  • Albuca flacida
  • Albuca Maxima
  • Albuca namaquensis
  • Albica bracteata syn Ornithogalum longibrateatum (pregnant sea onion)

 

Propagation

East to propagate by division. Clumps can be lifted and divided in spring. Also possible from seed.