Pregnant Onion is a very cool and unusual flowering plant often found among the collection of succulent fanciers, because of the green opalescent, exposed bulb with curious little bulblets that form on the bulb layers, causing ‘pregnant’ looking bumps until the layer sloughs off to reveal the bulblets. Leaves are green, semi-succulent, strap-like, up to 2 feet long and up to 2 inches wide. It sends out 3-to-5-foot flower spikes with lightly fragrant white and green flowers.
These South African natives look particularly attractive in rock gardens, slopes and even containers. Pregnant Onion bulbs require sandy, loose soil in full to partial sun to produce their characteristic blooms and good drainage. Zones 9+ or houseplant.
Note: All parts of the plant are poisonous, and care should be taken to keep bubils away from small children.