Extremely Rare Zulu Sea Onion Succulent - Bowiea volubilis - 4" Pot with Trellis

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In a group of plants known for its many interesting curiosities, Bowiea volubilis is one of the great curiosities of the succulent world. It produces large onion-like bulbs which may measure from a few inches upwards to as much as 10 inches across (most of the plants which I have seen will produce bulbs from 2½ to 4 inches across). The bulbs, like onion and tulip bulbs are comprised of tightly clustered modified leaves which serve as reserves of nutrients and moisture. Depending upon growing conditions, the bulbs may be uniformly pale green, or may be covered or partially covered with the dried remnants of outer leaves (much like an onion skin). In time, these bulbs eventually split to produce two bulbs: over a period of many years, some plants can produce numerous offsets, while others will tend to remain solitary, only producing offsets after its bulb has grown quite large. Periodically, plants will produce long "vines", which are actually the plant’s inflorescence, which in this species are intricately branched, and are either climbing or scramble along the ground and onto nearby plants. These "vines" can grow quite large (in some plants, upwards of 15 feet in length). These do not produce true tendrils or other structures which may anchor or attach the vines to other plants, so the vines can only stay in position by weaving their way through the stems of other plants. In cultivation, it is best to provide this plant with a trellis or other vertical support so that the inflorescence can grow more upright, otherwise its growth will be scrambling, and may tangle through nearby plants in you collection, making it difficult or impossible to move or rearrange them. This inflorescence produces many dozens to hundreds of tiny flowers, shaped like six pointed stars with greenish to greenish-white petals. The flowers are reminiscent of onion or garlic flowers, but this species is in the hyacinth family, and is not closely related to the onion family. The plant and bulbs are not edible and considered toxic.
  • Also known as Climbing Onion, Zulu Potato, Climbing Sea Onion, Climbing Potato, as well as "igibisila." "gifisila," "umagaqana," and "knolklimop"
  • Prefers a sunny window
  • Allow to dry between watering
  • Easy to grow
  • Immediate shipping

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  • 4
    Zulu Sea Onion.

    Posted by Brenda Sanders on Oct 31st 2020

    Disappointed that it didn't have a bulb but hopefully it will develop. Very unhappy with USPS delivery. Took a total of 7 days but I will address that with them

  • 5
    Sea Onion

    Posted by Jan Rimbey on Oct 5th 2020

    I was very pleased with shipping time and the condition of the plants when they arrived, I will definitely order again.

  • 5
    Sea Onion

    Posted by Jan Rimbey on Oct 5th 2020

    I was very pleased with shipping time and the condition of the plants when they arrived, I will definitely order again.

  • 5
    Climbing Onion

    Posted by Julie Stroud on Sep 19th 2020

    It was packaged well. It needs to recover from shipping but will be fine. I will order from Hirts Garden again.

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