TOW Albuca

Mary Sue Ittner
Thu, 10 Jul 2003 21:28:35 PDT
Dear All,

We've had a lot of Albuca questions for this topic, but not so many 
answers. Where are our Albuca experts?

Rhoda and Cameron used to sell seeds of Albuca aurea and nelsonii which are 
evergreen and A. shawii and A. setosa which are summer growing. Albuca 
shawii was on Julian's list of recommended ones and Ian grows it so perhaps 
he could take a stab at seeing if it could be grown as Uli suggested 
(suitable for pot culture or temporary cultivation in the open soil in the 
garden? Could they be dug up and stored dormant in winter?)

Silverhill Seeds also sells seed of a few summer growing species but some 
of them I looked up were evergreen A. aurea, A. batteniana (that one looks 
pretty and they describe it as lovely white flowers but also Zone 9), and 
A. nelsonii.
That left these:
Albuca angolensis  "Green and gold albuca", to 1.3m, flat tapering leaves, 
sweetly scented bright yellow fl with broad green stripe Sp-Su, med, shade. 
Sow Sp. Zone 8. This one is pictured in the Eastern Cape field guide.
Albuca setosa  40cm, leaves produced after fl, white fl with green to 
greenish brown central stripe on back Sp. Sow Sp. Zone 7.

Or maybe Uli you could talk Ian into some seed since he seems to be growing 
the species that grow in summer and you both are on the same side of the 

Mary Sue

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