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Albuca humilis

low-growing albuca

A small, bulbous perennial to 10cm tall producing one or two narrow, cylindrical, dark green basal leaves in summer up to 20cm long and a loose head of up to three, cup-shaped white flowers striped green on the outside fading with age to reddish-brown. Flowers have a strong scent of marzipan

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring
Summer White Green Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Albuca are bulbous perennials with linear or narrowly lance-shaped leaves and loose racemes of yellow or white flowers, with three spreading tepals and three forming a tube, each often marked with green or brown on the reverse

Name status

Correct

Plant range
S & C Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in an open, sunny position in a well-drained soil. Keep dry when bulbs are dormant

Propagation

Propagate by seed or remove offsets when the plant is dormant

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Gravel garden
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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