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Albuca setosa

4th July 2010

An Albuca from the standard mould, white flowers with green stripes and a suggestion of yellow. Like many of the Allium species, the leaves are already dying by the time the flowers open. The flowers could be beautifully elegant, rising from senescence like a lotus from the mud but it just falls short. Instead it has the teetering bravado of a female impersonator in a working men's club.

4th June 2016

A very drought tolerant species from Namaqualand and around the Cape to Swaziland. It varies in size - mine is a tall one which makes it look quite impressive. However, I grow it in a tub on the ground. If I had it in a pot on a bench it would be unwieldy.