Weird and wonderful, spiralling foliage. Each plant produces a different foliage curl and each is amazing. The spectacular leaves are adorned with pendant, Galanthus (Snowdrop) like flowers from late winter into spring. The blooms open on stout stems and are tones of green and yellow with a soft, sweet, vanilla fragrance and up to 20 open on a stem.
In some areas of cultivation they are about to go into their natural summer dormancy and they will reshoot in autumn.
Corkscrew Albuca ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ is a great conversation piece that will fascinate all who see it.
Grow Corkscrew Albuca ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ just like you would any other succulent, and they can make great houseplants in a bright spot.
Hailing from South Africa, this amazing plant is actually a bulb. Left in the soil they will gradually multiply to form a clump. Unlike most Albuca, that have a lot of variation of the spiral leaf formation, ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ is more consistent and reliable. The tightest spirals form with plenty of light. It was discovered in the Netherlands in 2012 and has twice the chromosome count of most plants.
Why do the leaves of Albuca spiral? Well, it is a clever trick of nature to help the plant survive the hot and dry conditions it is endemic to. The changing and narrow surface transpires less.
Plant Corkscrew Albuca ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ in moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil. They are suitable for pots, where you should use a succulent or cactus potting mix. Give them plenty of sun. Indoors place in a sunny spot – but you will get tighter spirals in an outdoor position. The bulbs tend to rot if left to sit in water.
Corkscrew Albuca grows and flowers during winter and is mostly dormant from late summer. So in winter, place in a dry spot with lots of light. The foliage may hang on through summer, but might look a bit dishevelled. If you are growing it as a house plant, ideally pop it outside in winter every so often so it can get the cool temperatures required to induce flowering.
Late Win to Spr
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade