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Shaw's Albuca

Albuca shawii

Lanternblom (Afr.)

A summer growing and winter dormant bulbous plant, flowering in spring with tall spikes of nodding yellow flowers with a green stripe. It grows on cliffs and rocky grassland at elevations of 150–2400 m in nature. This albuca needs a spot with minimal competition from other plants.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Does produce seeds, even more so if helped by hand pollination. Harvest the seed when fully mature at the end of the flowering season.

Propagation

Seed
Start seed in pots in spring or late winter, it does not self sow readily. Use a good draining or sandy mix.

Special features

Pot plant
Should be planted alone in containers.
Attractive flowers
Slender, erect flower stems, up to 30 cm, bearing many nodding yellow flowers that has an almond scent.

Geography

Origin
Lesotho and South Africa.
Natural climate
Temperate to hot

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Landscaping plant
A worthwhile garden subject for sun or semi-shade. Plant in a grassland garden among small grasses where the bell-like nodding yellow flowers appear above the grass.

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
Yellow, Green
Scent
Mild

Problems

No known pests and diseases, but do not over-water.

Companion plants

Natural companions would be grasses.

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