Albuca altissima

Albuca altissima

This unusual bulb, which comes into bloom around November, has an intriguing form, resembling a sort of floral candelabra, and belonged to the Hyacinthaceae family of plants originally but is now classified as part of the Asparagaceae family. It grows to 80 cm and is from South Africa. It has a profusion of unusual green-striped white flowers; the outer three tepals flare out around the cluster of the inner tepals: they almost look like giant snowdrops. They are related to and resemble Ornithogalum, which I have never been successful in growing, though I have occasionally seen clumps of them growing well in nearby suburbs. The large bulb sits above the ground and the glossy green strappy leaves are lush all year round. The flowers last well in vases. The bulbs multiply fairly quickly and can be grown in pots. This bulb is very drought tolerant and flowers best in sun but will also do quite well in part shade.

Flowers in October, November, December.