Ornithogalum amboense Schinz
Common Name: Slime Lily
Albuca amboensis is a perennial plant producing 3 - 4 leaves up to 22cm tall from an underground bulb around 3cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food
Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana.
Albuca amboensis is found wild in arid to sub-arid, subtropical to tropical regions of Namibia and Botswana. Growing in a mountainous region in Botswana, the plant is likely to experience frost. One report says that it is possible to grow it outdoors in the temperate zone in areas where frosts are short-lived and temperatures never fall below -5°c, though even then applyin a thick mulch of organic material over the winter will help to ensure survival[
]. It is probably best to also give the bulbs some protection in the winter, preferably using a cloche or pane of glass, which will have the added bonus of keeping the bulb dry[
Requires a sheltered position in full sun in a light well-drained soil[
Leaves - raw. Used in salads[
Bulbs - raw. Used in salads[
]. The bulb is up to 3cm in diameter[
Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in a light well-drained compost as soon as it is ripe if possible, otherwise in spring. Sow the seed thinly so that the young plants can be grown on in the same pot for their first year of growth. Apply a liquid feed from time to time if the seedlings look as though they need nutrients and prick them out at the end of their first growing season. Grow on the plants for at least their next winter in a greenhouse and plant out when the bulbs are dormant in late summer or early autumn.
Division of offsets in late summer.