Growing most bulbs from seed is an exercise in patience, as it can take several years for them to reach flowering size. Not so with Shaw’s albuca (Albuca shawii)! Some sources say that with a very early start, it’s possible to see a few flowers even the first year. More likely in the second year, and each year thereafter, you’ll enjoy a display of nodding, green-striped yellow blooms along 12- to 18-inch-tall stems above slender, bright green leaves through much of the summer. I have read that the flowers are fragrant and the foliage is aromatic too. I have to admit that I forgot to check that this past year (my first year having it flower), but I will try next year. This South African bulb needs excellent drainage and grows beautifully in a pot, which makes it easy to bring indoors for a dry winter-dormancy period where it isn’t hardy. Full sun. Tender bulb; Zones 7 to 10, reportedly.
Harvested in August 2021. At least 15 seeds.
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