Albuca spiralis “Sizzle Frizzle”

Synonyms:

Falconera spiralis
Ornithogalum circinatum
Ornithogalum volutare

Habitat:

Albuca Spiralis is native from South Africa, specifically in the semi desert area of Karoo. It can be found also in the Namibian desert.

Description:

Albuca spiralis “Sizzle Frizzle” is a unique plant, really appreciated in the world of gardening for its profound green, lanceolate, typically curled leaves. It’s a perennial bulbous plant: it grows in winter and goes dormant in summer. Bulbs are small, white-brownish, ovoid, and form a cluster of curled leaves: they tend to generate new individuals through division of bulbs. This plant is also really appreciated for its beautiful inflorescence, developing on a long stem, which overhangs the leaves. Flowers are green-lemon, banded with green,  6-7 centimeters big. Blossoming occurs in spring.

Cultivation:

Albuca spiralis “Sizzle Frizzle” can be used for a rocky garden. Being native from desert areas, it needs little watering, but regularly, in Autumn and Winter, beginning gradually in Autumn. In summer it goes dormant, being native from the other hemisphere, so water it seldom. It requires a sandy, well draining soil to produce its typical, beautiful inflorescence. It can resist short frost, so it can be adaptable to outdoor cultivation, but not in excessively rigid climates. Put it in bright spots, under direct sunlight. This plant doesn’t need repotting. You can fertilize the soil once a year, in spring.

Propagation:

You can propagate Albuca Spiralis through bulbs and seeds. Seeds usually germinate after a week without problems.

Curiosity:

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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