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CORKSCREW ALBUCA is a small geophyte recognizable by its distinctive green narrow spiral-tipped leaves with glandular hairs. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Leaves are up to 8 inches (20 cm) long. One central flower spike appears in late winter to early spring, bearing green flowers with pale yellow margins.



Water your frizzle sizzle plant throughout the winters, when it’s in its growth period. Make sure to water them every week, especially when the soil is dry to touch. However, it’s better to water your quirky spiral plant before it dries out completely.


Needs a lot of sunlight, but it has to be protected from the strongest rays of the sun. In a south-facing window, blinds should be shading it form direct light. An east facing window, where the sun disappears after about 10 AM, is a good choice as is a west facing window where the plant will receive afternoon sun.


An organic, balanced, liquid fertilizer once a month during growth period is recommended.

What is the plant

Albuca spiralis or the corkscrew albuca is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. Albuca spiralis is distributed over an area of the Cape from the Peninsula and Worcester throughout the Roggeveld to Namaqualand, South Africa.

Albuca spiralis ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ is a fragrant, winter-growing bulb, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. In the growing season, it forms small groups of corkscrew leaves and one central flower spike bearing hanging, yellow and green flowers. The leaves are green and up to 8 inches (20 cm) long. During the winter months when it is actively growing its wiry foliage corkscrews and twists in a most fascinating manner. The degree of spiral depends on the clone and the amount of sunlight the plant receives when the leaves started growing. The flowers are green with pale yellow margins, nodding, sweetly scented, reportedly of butter and vanilla, and look like helicopters. The smell can be quite strong on a warm sunny day.


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