• Albuca spiralis
  • Albuca spiralis
  • Albuca spiralis
  • Albuca spiralis
    Albuca spiralis
    Albuca spiralis

Albuca spiralis

Corkscrew Albuca, Spiral Albuca, Spiral Grass
Size: ex 9cm pots

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Quick Overview

  • Eye-arresting spiral foliage
  • Greenish-yellow flowers
  • Bulbous perennial
  • Houseplant
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Description

Albuca spiralis, Corkscrew Albuca is a perennial geophyte from South Africa where it is found in Western Cape and Northern Cape Provinces. It is dormant in the summer after flowering has finished and growth commences again in the autumn and throughout the winter. It has characteristically coiled foliage that grows in a spiral corkscrew and it is thought that this curled spiralling habit is a morphological adaptation to create maximum leaf surface exposure to capture fog and dew formed from the intersection of humid maritime air meeting cooler air. These twisting shapes together with the presence of glandular hairs harvest the airborne moisture and then channel it down to the roots in an otherwise arid terrain. Albuca concordiana is another Albuca with twisting corkscrew foliage and several other genera from the same geographical region exhibit this spiralling habit including Gethyllis britteniana, Gethyllis spiralis, Gethyllis villosa, Gethyllis verticiliata, Ornithigalum undulatum, Dipcadi rigidifolium and Dipcadi crispum.

The flowers have a nodding or sideways habit and are greenish-yellow with the three outer tepals opening fully and the three inner tepals remaining closed. A distinctive green medial stripe runs down the outside of the inner tepals. Albuca spiralis is frost tender in the UK and needs to be grown as a houseplant although it can be placed outside in the late spring once the danger of frost has passed. It needs excellent drainage and a gritty sandy soil.

There is also a tissue culture cultivar with the unfortunate and somewhat ludicrous name 'Frizzle Sizzle' that does the rounds.

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asparagaceae
Sub-Family Scilloideae
Synonyms Falconera spiralis, Ornithogalum circinatum, Ornithogalum volutare
Geographical Origin South Africa: Western Cape, Northern Cape
Cultivation Full sun. Indoors in good light. Warm location. Free-draining gritty soil. If outside during the summer, placing it is a sheltered spot will avoid it being blown over while flowering. After flowering has finished stop watering
Eventual Height 30cm (70cm when flowering)
Eventual Spread 20cm
Hardiness Tender. Indoors as a houseplant. Outside or on a balcony in summer then bring indoors in autumn before the frosts

Albuca spiralis

Corkscrew Albuca, Spiral Albuca, Spiral Grass
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: Sold Out

£6.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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