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PlantFiles: Natal Albuca, Nelson's Slime Lily
Albuca nelsonii

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Albuca (AL-buh-kuh) (Info)
Species: nelsonii (nel-SON-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Ornithogalum nelsonii

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive michaelhickman On Jul 14, 2012, michaelhickman from Durban
South Africa wrote:

I have grown Albuca nelsonii very successfully as a green roof plant over a number of years in Durban South Africa.

I have also recently found a large colony growing on sea cliffs where I live about 40 km north of Durban growing in full sun with little or no soil fully exposed to the strong salt laden winds. If you are interested I can email you some of the photos that I took, just drop me a line to and I will send them to you


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Simi Valley, California
Houston, Texas

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