Albuca shawii

Albuca shawii

Shaw's albuca

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Albuca shawii
  • Common name: Shaw's albuca
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Albuca are bulbous perennials with narrow leaves and racemes of yellow or white flowers in summer. They hail from southern Africa.

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From Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, Albuca shawii, or Shaw’s albuca, is an unusual plant with nodding bright yellow, green-striped, almond scented flowers in summer. The fine, aromatic foliage has a slight liquorice aroma when stroked or crushed.

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Plant Albuca shawii bulbs in spring, ideally in a pot, as the plants are not reliably hardy in UK winters. Incorporate plenty of grit into the compost, as plants need good drainage, and grow in a sunny spot. Lift and store the bulbs over winter before replanting in spring. Alternatively, grow plants from seed.

How to grow Albuca shawii

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    10cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do Collect seeds in August

Do not Collect seeds in September

Do not Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Albuca shawii and wildlife

Albuca shawii has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Albuca shawii poisonous?

Albuca shawii has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People