Albuca spiralis is known for its many names. Among them are Corkscrew Albuca, Sticky Corkscrew Lily, Curly Albuca, Helicopter Plant, Slime Lily, Spiral Albuca, Spiral Leaves Albuca, and Fizzle Sizzle. It’s common names imply, the leaves of this succulent spiral out as they grow like the tip of a corkscrew, metal spring, or coiled snake.

The plant is definitely a nice addition to your succulent plant collection because it serves as a beautiful decoration to your house, garden, or office space. Before buying it, you might want to see these five important facts about it first:

1. Albuca Spiralis and Albuca Namaquensis

The Albuca spiralis closely resembles the Spiral Grass plant. Because of that, the latter is often mistaken as A. Spiralis. However, the Grass Plant’s scientific name is actually Albuca namaquensis.

It’s totally hard to tell the two apart. Albuca spiralis is native to the Western Cape province of South Africa. Meanwhile, Albuca namaquensis is native to Namibia and Cape Province also in South Africa.

2. Appearance

Aside from its corkscrew shape, the Albuca spiralis has green leaves. It is during winter when the foliage starts twisting, which is what defines the succulent and what gives its unique look.

The leaves grow up to eight inches if given the proper care. Then during spring, stalks begin to appear, which eventually bloom into beautiful yellow flowers. Like the Spring Grass, the flowers of the Corkscrew Albuca emit a buttery fragrant that gives quite a refreshing and relaxing scent in any area where it is placed.

3. Required Lighting and Temperature

Since the succulent plant is native in South Africa, it follows that it thrives under the full sun. However, it can also grow well in partial sunlight. Therefore, see to it that it gets as much sunlight as possible or at least six hours of exposure from the sun daily.

Despite its hot natural habitat, the Albuca spiralis can survive between the 9a to 11b USDA hardiness zones. That means the plant can live even in cold climates ranging from 20 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not recommended to push it to that limit though. To be safe, keep it in temperatures not lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit instead.

The Corkscrew Albuca may survive the mentioned temperature but its bulbs are not that frost hardy. So it’s better to cut them to prevent damaging them during the cold season because the rot may eventually extend to the nearby parts of the plant.

4. Planting

The succulent can be propagated using its seeds or offsets. The latter is the more preferred method because it is easier. Simply cut the offset from the mother plant and put it in a separate plant container. It should be noted that some species of Corkscrew plant do not produce offsets, so in this case, use its seeds.

Spring is the best time to propagate the Albuca spiralis. Just fill the succulent pot that you will be using with well-draining soil, and make sure that the container has drainage. You can use any type of garden soil for this one but utilizing a mixture of sand and loam is more advisable. Keep the young plant under partial sunlight, but once it matures, you can already move it to a warmer area.

5. Watering

During the propagation phase, make sure to water the Albuca spiralis regularly to prevent wilting. Make sure that the water goes through the drainage of the pot though to prevent stagnation at the bottom. Excess water may cause the succulent to rot. When the plant matures, only water it sparingly.

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Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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