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Albuca nelsonii

Nelson's slime lily

A tall, bulbous perennial with narrow, fleshy leaves up to 1.2m long, and stout, erect flower stems, to 1.5m tall, bearing many upright, green and white flowers in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green White Green
Summer Green White Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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
South Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best under glass in containers of John Innes No 2 potting compost with added sharp sand and leafmould. A position in full light is ideal. Water moderately when the bulbs are in growth and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. When dormant, keep bulbs dry

Propagation

Propagate from seed (indoors) sown as soon as ripe, or remove offsets when dormant

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

None required

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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