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Boweia volubilis

Boweia volubilis

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succulent perennial bulbous native to southern Africa. It consists of large fleshy bulbs that grow only partially buried, of a bright green color, from which emerge some small lanceolate leaflets of short duration; in spring the floral stems emerge from the bulbs, thin, fleshy, very branched and twisted, climbing, which from mid-spring to mid-summer produce many white-green star-shaped flowers. In late summer it produces small berries that contain seeds.


certainly prefers very bright locations, possibly in full sun; however, pay attention to the hot sun of the summer months that could ruin the bulbs. Fears the cold, so in winter it should be kept indoors, in a warm and not too humid place.


after flowering, the stems begin to dry, from this moment completely suspend the watering, so that the plant goes into complete vegetative rest. As soon as new stems begin to grow, water them again, remembering that this succulent does not need much water, so it is advisable to let the soil dry perfectly between one watering and another. Supply of cocime for succulent plants every 15-20 days dissolved in the water of the watering in the period from March to June.


requires a very well drained soil, rich in sand and coarse material, such as perlite or expanded clay. It is advisable to keep the bulbs at least a quarter of the diameter outside the soil; in this way the stems grow more slowly, but the possible onset of rot is avoided.


occurs by seed, using fresh seeds in the summer. If you want in the fall you can proceed to the division of the cloves that can possibly be produced on the sides of the old bulbs, the new bulbs should be immediately repotted in single containers.

Boweia volubilis: Pests and diseases

cochineal and aphids ruin flowers and buds. Excesses of water can cause root rot.