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Albuca acuminata - Narrow-leafed Albuca

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Hyacinthaceae (~Amaryllidaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Albuca acuminata (Narrow-leafed Albuca) - A semi-evergreen bulbous plant with narrow channeled leaves that arise vertically to 8 to 12 inches tall clasping an onion like bulb and with nodding greenish yellow flowers with green keels in spring. Bulb scales on the side of the main larger bulb rapidly grow to make a cluster.

Plant in a container or in a well-drained soil in the garden and water occasionally to infrequently. Though this plant grows naturally in an area that only gets winter rainfall, it can be kept growing year-round with only a little additional irrigation. A nice plant for use in a small spot at the front of a rock or succulent garden and a charming plant as a potted plant specimen where the plant can the raised up to expose the interesting fibrous bulb scales.

Albuca acuminata is found growing in deep sands in the winter rainfall region of Namibia southeast through Namaqualand to the southern Cape east of Mossel Bay. The name Albuca is derived from the Latin words 'albus' meaning "white" or 'albicans' meaning becoming white in reference to the color of the flowers. The specific epithet is Latin meaning "pointed at the tip" in reference to the narrow acuminate leaves. Our plants first released in 2020 are grown from seed collected in the Goleta garden of John Bleck. 

This information about Albuca acuminata displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.