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Wild Coast Albuca

Albuca batteniana

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The Wild Coast Albuca is not a commonly known garden plant, but a collector's jewel and specialist species. The plant is easily recognised as belonging to the Albuca genus with the dainty white and green tipped bell-shaped flowers growing from an underground bulb, or corm.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Harvest mature seeds after flowering.

Propagation

Seed
Can be grown from seed. A porous soil mix with a high sand content is appropriate. Two parts of industrial sand to one part of loam and one part compost.
Division
Separating the offsets from the mother plant. Score base to promote new bulblets to form and split them off when larger.

Special features

Pot plant
Albuca grows happily in pots as drainage is improved and very important. Use a good-draining mix.
Wet sites
Suitable for moist coastal gardens.
Drought resistant
Bulbs can store water and reserves to help survive dry spells.

Geography

Origin
Sea-facing cliffs, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Natural climate
Temperate to Subtropical Coastal areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Garden plant
Although not commonly known as a garden plant, it can make a beautiful border plant and also grows well in a pot.

Personality

Family
Hyacinthaceae
Flower colour
White, Green
Scent
None

Problems

No known pests and diseases.

Companion plants

Plant with plant that have similar water requirements and like moist coastal conditions.

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