bowiea awakens when all else sleeps
SOME PLANT ARE JUST CONTRARIANS. Bowiea volubilis, the so-called climbing onion, is one such creature, waking up when everybody’s asleep, even if you haven’t paid any attention in ages. I haven’t watered him for two-plus months, and don’t from the time his “foliage” (if you could call it that) goes yellow in late summer to the time the first snake-y sprig sprouts again around now, as shown. If you weren’t here last winter you won’t recall dear Bowiea, so time for another look at this curiosity of a houseplant. Those dark green stakes, by the way: a makeshift tripod or teepee from recycled metal orchid supports, which I tie together with wire up top. Get to know my Bowiea.