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Old 04-12-2021, 12:00 PM
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The more I read about this cool looking plant the more I want one!!!
I found this site with lots of cultural info. Albuca Spiralis: A Twisty Frizzle Sizzle | Epic Gardening
In it's natural habitat in South Africa it does nearly all of it's growing in the winter. Conditions are cool, wet and bright. They like full sun, and it seems that you have to dial in watering to get spirals : too dry and they won't curl, and too wet they also won't curl...
Hmmmmm..... I'll bet I'm watering it too much. Gonna leave where it is and back off on the water. Weird, mine was dormant through the winter then started up about a month ago. It is a cool plant... you can thank Roberta for this particular enablement. I'm just another victim.

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PS Yes, good website Camille. Pretty positive now it's too much water. Ugh.
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Tiger Eye Viola. Wonderfully fragrant and hard to take one's eyes off of

[IMG]166713751_737096550336681_8250918078393772051_n by Eric, on Flickr[/IMG]

Ok, that is nice!!!!!
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i am glad you brought that one around again...i have been thinking about it myself
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Here's a fun plant that Dolly sent me a ways back. Little heart leaves... didn't do anything first two years. All of a sudden this happens...



She'll have to tell us what it is. She told me, there was likely a label, and of course I don't remember now... epi-something maybe? It was the best picture I could get, laying on my belly in the mud. The flowers are simply exquisite, look like some sort of orchid, about the size of a nickle. I was going to get a better picture, but then snow happened. UGH.
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Genus Albuca comes from a huge area of Africa. There are species that get only summer rain, species that get only winter rain, and some that straddle the regions. Some of the summer-rainfall species are being grown outside in New York State. There has been a huge amount of taxonomic revision in what used to be family Hyacinthaceae. For now Albuca is an accepted genus.

Most behave as opportunistic growers if they have water all year, but the winter growers look much better with only winter water.

The plant Roberta showed was introduced into cultivation about 25 years ago, by southern California succulent growers, with the wrong name. Because it's easy to grow, and looks really cool, it's been distributed widely - with the wrong name. It has waxy, non-glandular leaves, and is actually Albuca namaquensis. You will find A. namaquensis sold with the wrong name almost everywhere.

The real Albuca spiralis is in cultivation. It is also a really cool, and easy-to-grow plant. It has even narrower leaves, tightly coiled, covered with short stalks bearing glands. The flowers are similar. I have both species, and have raised many from seed.

You can read more about Albucas (and any other geophyte) at the Pacific Bulb Society. From the top menu choose Photographs, then the genus of interest. Detailed photos of both species I mentioned are shown.

Both A. namaquensis and A. spiralis look best (curliest) if given as much sun as possible from the time leaves are first visible.

A. namaquensis (Roberta's plant) is one of the earliest winter-growing bulbs to appear, usually August in the Northern Hemisphere. As soon as you see any leaves, put it outside in the maximum sun possible. It does fine in a small pot in full Arizona sun with temperatures above 110 F / 43C, so don't worry.

Water about once a week. Let it go dry between waterings, but not for too long. If you water too much it won't be very curly.

Keep it in as much sun (or indoor light) as possible all winter. Insufficient light and too much water prevent it from curling properly.

It tolerates overnight freezes into the teens F / -8C, but expects the next day to be above freezing. In spring, as temperatures rise, it will flower and set seed. Stop watering when the flowers fade and fruits begin to swell. It will mature fruits as the leaves dry and go dormant. Collect the seeds and store for the next fall. They are extremely easy from seed, and will self-sow in your collection if conditions are correct.

When dormant, store over summer where they will be warm and dry, with no water. High humidity combined with high temperatures may be a problem. I don't have that. I store mine on a windowsill so I will see the new leaves as soon as they emerge.

The true A. spiralis, with glandular leaves, grows exactly like the above, but it emerges later in fall. Both these species do offset, unlike many Albuca, and will break pots as the bulbs grow.
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It's Epimedium grandiflorum. (Maybe Rose Queen?) Common name is Barrenwort. Used in China as a medicinal. Not related to orchids. It's in the Berberidaceae family. I lose tags too, WW.
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Ha! I knew it was epi-something! Know it’s not an orchid, but reminds me of some of the neos. Dolly lose a tag?!? Never!!!
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ES- amazing info

Dolly and Ww you crack me up
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FYI: ES' info wasn't about the Epimedium. 😉
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I've been growing cacti for many years, I just love them. I had so many at one point that I had to sell and give away some. My advice is the same in some respects as other advice you've had here but different in others.
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