Herb latin name: Albuca canadensis

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Edible parts of Albuca canadensis:

The succulent stems are chewed to allay thirst. They are rather mucilaginous. This use is listed for A. major, but since this species is so closely related it almost certainly has the same use.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)


Habitat of the herb:

Sandy places on flats and lower slopes.

Propagation of Albuca canadensis:

Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in a light well-drained compost as soon as it is ripe if possible, otherwise in spring. Sow the seed thinly so that the young plants can be grown on in the same pot for their first year of growth. Apply a liquid feed from time to time if the seedlings look as though they need nutrients and prick them out at the end of their first growing season. Grow on the plants for at least their next winter in a greenhouse and plant out when the bulbs are dormant in late summer or early autumn. Division of offsets in late summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Sandy places on flats and lower slopes.

Medicinal use of Albuca canadensis:

None known

Known hazards of Albuca canadensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.