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Shaw's albuca (Albuca shawii) - Scottish Rock Garden Club

Albuca shawii (syn. Albuca trichophylla)

Shaw's albuca

This South African bulb has bright green, upright, grass-like leaves and nodding yellow flowers that are sweetly fragrant.  It grows to about 12" tall and blooms for around three months in the summer.


12-18 in


12 in


6-12 in

Albuca shawii (syn. Albuca trichophylla) Characteristics


  • Fragrant flowers
  • Fast-growing

Flower color

  • Green
  • Yellow / Chartreuse

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright


  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Morning sun
  • Sunny all day - Inland

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer
  • Fall

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Your soil type

  • Clay
  • Loam
  • Clay-loam
  • Sandy loam

Water requirements

  • None
  • None - Low

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts bees
  • Attracts beneficial insects

Suggested uses

  • Container
  • Green roof
  • Under CA native oaks
  • Rock garden
  • Meadow
  • Firescaping


  • Africa

Plants that work well with Albuca shawii (syn. Albuca trichophylla)

Sea breeze flax lily Sea breeze flax lily (Dianella revoluta 'Sea Breeze')
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