Albuca namaquensis – Corkscrew Albuca

R150 incl. VAT

Please note this species is dormant in summer and may not have leaves if purchased during the warmer months of the year.

Where it grows

Albuca namaquensis is indigenous to South Africa, specifically to the Northern Cape province. It is primarily present in the Namaqualand region.

Special features

This geophyte has an intriguing leaf shape that makes the plant highly sought after. Instead of being straight, the leaf tips twirl around themselves into a corkscrew shape. The more sun the plant receives, the more pronounced the corkscrew effect. Albuca namaquensis has ‘hairy’ leaves, which sets it apart from the more common Albuca spiralis.

The bulbs of Albuca namaquensis only produce leaves in winter, and are dormant during summer. The bulbs produce offsets by division, but very slowly. 

Care Guide

Give these bulbs plenty of light during the growing season. Generally, 40% shade cloth should be sufficient, and they can be adjusted to full morning sun. A mix of coco peat with some gritty components is ideal, as the bulbs are quite sensitive to overwatering. It is very important to only water these plants in autumn and winter, as they are dormant in summer. During dormancy, they are extremely prone to rotting if watered. 

Growing season

Autumn and winter.


Offsets and seeds.

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Product FAQS

In our experience, the best time to repot a succulent is in the beginning of the growing season.

A plant with thick, fleshy tissue, designed for storing water over long periods of time.

If it's only one or two bugs, try to remove them by hand. Alternatively, spray with a pesticide or water with a systemic pesticide. We recommend RoseCare3 or RoseCarePlus, as both these are a combination pesticide and fungicide, which means they prevent insect pests and treat fungal infections.

Succulents do like fertiliser. The general rule of thumb is to fertilise in the growing season. Succulents are quite sensitive, so in our experience halving the recommended dose of general plant fertilizers works well. If it is a fertilizer formulated specifically for succulents and cacti, use the full recommended dose.

Succulents like heavy watering in the growing season, but do need to dry out between watering to avoid root rot.

No, because they are made up of mostly water, they are prone to frostbite.

It is best not to do so. This could stress the plant or burn it. Slowly introduce them by giving them a little bit more exposure each day.

It depends on the amount of sun exposure the window receives. Some succulents will be happy, but the majority will not get enough sunlight to maintain the correct shape. Alternatively, if the window receives too much light, the plant will be burned, as the window will act like a magnifying glass.

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