Wild Coast Albuca
white; September to December; spring; summer
container; sun; sandy soils; damp sun; wildlife beetles
cliffs; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn
thicket; Subtropical East Coast
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This Albuca species is an evergreen bulb growing on moist cliffs on the Eastern Cape coast, with an unusual growth habit. Flowers open along an almost horizontally reclining stem, typically white with a pale green stripe; only the outer parts open, and flowering is from September to December. Bulbs form large clumps that grow mostly above ground, and the dry outer scales covering the bulb are noticeable. Long, slender, tapering leaves grow between 40 and 60 cm, and flowering stalk can extend up to a meter. Position in full sun and mass plant this species for best effect. This coastal species is frost sensitive.