Albuca alba Lam.
Albuca altissima Dryand.
Albuca coarctata Dryand.
Albuca cornuta Redouté
Albuca elata Salisb.
Albuca lutea Lam.
Albuca major L.
Albuca maxima Burm.f.
Albuca minor L.
Albuca sordida Salisb.
Ornithogalum canadense L.
Ornithogalum maximum (Burm.f.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Common Name: Slime Lily
Albuca canadensis is a perennial plant producing 5 - 10 leaves up to 45cm long from an underground bulb up to 5cm in diameter. The plant produces a flowering stem up to 120cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as an emergency source of water.
S. Africa - Cape Province.
Deep sandy soils on flats and lower slopes, usually near the sea[
Albuca canadensis is found wild in the Mediterranean-like climate of Cape Province in S. Africa. It succeeds outdoors in areas of the Temperate zone where frosts are short-lived and light, with occasional temperatures dipping no lower than -5°, and in such areas grow well in a wild or informal garden[
Requires a sheltered position in full sun in a light well-drained soil[
The succulent stems are chewed to allay thirst[
]. They are rather mucilaginous[
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.