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.
December 5, 2012
santa, baby: gifts for good gardeners, 2012
DEAR SANTA: The list below is long, but as you can tell (in your great wisdom) it’s not all for me, but for us—for me..
January 20, 2013
horizon herbs’ richo cech on the world’s basils, and eastern spring wildflowers
IF YOU DON’T HEAR FROM ME for a month or three, don’t worry: I simply got lost on a magical mystery tour of the Horizon..
Wow, you really do have exotic tastes. Do you get questions like ‘Margaret, why do you have three Spanish onions in a pot in your living room?’
I like it though. The foliage is very fresh looking, very Spring like. I like the horizontal board treatment on your walls as well in the prior picture. Kind of a cross between a ships cabin and a cottage.
Oh my god! I have had a bunch of these plants (they never stop propagating themselves) ever since I bought one at a Stuyvesant Town yearly flee market in New York, oh, maybe, 15 years ago. But I’ve never seen another and never knew what it was called. I packed a couple deep in the things shipped here, to France, when we moved and recently sent one back to a friend in The States. Thank you for solving the mystery. What a kick!
What an interesting plant! This might do well for me as for some reason I tend to forget the watering of houseplants.:)
I think it might almost be possible (for someone with sedentary tendencies anyway) to watch Bowiea grow – they seem to pop up and out so fast. In the greenhouse we have one that has thumbed its nose at its willow twig tripod and is wrapping around an agave instead.
Where could I buy one of these Bowiea plants?
Hi, Nicole. Logee’s I think will have them. They always have over the years.