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Albuca nelsonii


Water Needs


Albuca nelsonii

80 cm - 1,2 m


Light Conditions

semi-shade; sun


light; moderate


white with green stripes; September to November; spring

Garden Situation

light shade; semi-shade; grassland; rockery; dry soils; sun; sandy soils;


grassland; rocky places; cliffs; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn


thicket; Subtropical East Coast; highveld

Rain Season


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Albuca nelsonii is a robust bulbous perennial not often seen in gardens but is becoming more popular as a result of its unusual but attractive flowers and easy-care attributes. It is evergreen, the bright green soft and strap-shaped leaves forming an attractive cover year round. The bulb needs to be partially exposed above the ground when planted. It flowers from September to November with many flower stalks growing from one leaf clump. The flowers are white and are strangely shaped ‘petals’ with three green stripes opening out with the center three ‘petals’ remaining upright. The flowers nestle at the top of the leaves. The Albuca is a summer rainfall species, and in the wild, it is found in grassland and on coastal cliffs, in partial shade, from KZN to the Eastern Cape at altitudes from 30 – 170 m. It is not frost hardy. The genus name indicates the flower colour – from the Latin 'albus' for white. It propagates from small offsets from the main bulb, but the seed will also germinate readily. It does prefer well composted well- draining soils, but it does very well in shallow soils, in rockeries, and other difficult areas, and will survive on rainfall alone. It also makes a good container plant. Caterpillars do enjoy the leaves but do not harm the plants but provide food for your local bird life. Wind tolerant; water wise; sandy soils

Albuca nelsonii
Albuca nelsonii
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