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Bowiea volubilis


Bowiea volubilis is a cool oddity with an onion-like bulb that sits on top of the soil and grows lacy climbing stems.

Bowiea volubilis is a cool oddity called climbing onion that sits like an onion bulb on top of the soil all winter and then, in early spring, begins to grow a twining stem of lacy leaves that will climb or scramble up nearby plants or supports. An easy to grow houseplant or greenhouse plant that thrives on neglect. Foliage will begin to turn yellow in fall. Stop watering at this time until you see new growth in the spring.

Common Name: Climbing Onion - [Summer B&B Pre-Order]

Family: Asparagaceae (The Asparagus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 9-11

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Green

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Southern Africa and Madagascar

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