Nelson's Slime Lily


Albuca nelsonii is in bloom! This large South African bulb is rarely found in gardens, and I think it’s because people don’t like it which leads nurseries not to carry it. But I like it, so here’s a photo of one 4″ flower for you to contemplate.

I don’t know who came up with that odd common name above, and it’s in the Hyacinth family (Hyacinthaceae) not the Lily family (Liliaceae). Although to be fair it used to be classified in the lily family. The Zulu name is Umaphipha.

It’s the largest of the Albucas. It has hundreds of flowers on the giant 6ft. tall bloom stalk. I’m exaggerating, but you’ll never know by how much unless you come in and see for yourself.


    
    
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