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Albuca bracteata


Water Needs

low; moderate; drought hardy

Albuca bracteata
Pregnant Onion

Leaves 60 cm; flower 1,5 m


Light Conditions

shade; semi-shade; sun


light; moderate


cream green ; May - August; autumn; winter

Garden Situation

sandy soils; shade; semi-shade; light shade; sun; slope; rockery; wildlife beetles


woodland forest; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; fynbos


Subtropical East Coast ; Western Cape; thicket

Rain Season

summer; winter

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This attractive bulb adds slender, dainty height to shady places. Tapering white flowers carry the familiar central green keels (strips) of many in the Albuca genus. Spring flowers are supported by sturdy stems that often grow to 1.5 m high from the neck of the bulb above long, strap-like leaves. Inflorescence taper to a narrow, drooping tip with 6 -petalled flowers opening at intervals. Growing on shady slopes, forest margins, and woodland, it is a wide-spread species from the South-eastern Cape, to KZN and the foothills of the Drakensberg, and up into East Africa. Plant with most of the bulb resting on the soil surface. Epigeal bulbs: plant a selection of easy-care, pamper-free bulbs for a rewarding display down the years. Albuca, Ledebouria, and Ornithogalum species are epigeal bulbs, meaning most of the bulb grows above the surface, is anchored by the roots, and has the outer scales visible.

Albuca bracteata
Albuca bracteata
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