Transport yourself, if you will, to the grassland meadows of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. Before you the landscape unfurls into verdant carpets of green with stony mountain tops in the background. The sweeping feeling you are experiencing is one of natural majesty. As you survey the landscape you begin to see masses of yellow color blowing about in the lush grassy landscape. As you step into the meadow you look closer to discover the color is coming from Albuca shawii. Its flowers, the color of luscious lemon drops striped with delicate green, nod in the breeze. Their cheerful color is both refreshing and exhilarating.
Albuca shawii is an African flowering bulb. It grows into 18 inch/46 cm tall clumps of grassy succulent foliage. Rumor has it that when the foliage is crushed it smells of licorice. And if that isn't enough when the growing season hits summer Albuca shawii produces succulent stalks that hold tiny green striped lemon drop flowers that resemble some sort of thimble-sized daffodil. The flowers emit an aromatic almond perfume. This bulb likes to grow in full sun, well-draining soil with sharp drainage, and is hard to 25 degrees fahrenheit/-4 celsius.
There is something so effervescent about seeing these bulbs massed in flower. The blossoms are like little lantern lights exploding with vivid vibes of good-day-sunshine-goodness. I'd even go as far to say that this is definitely one of my feel good flowers of the year. Get into it!