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Eleutherine bulbosa - Dayak Onion

This reddish bulb from tropical America has leaves reminiscent of a palm-tree seedling. Flowers are white and star-shaped. Itis easy to keep and reproduce as it can be grown as winter-dormant and then loves warm and humid, greenhouse conditions with well draining soil.

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This reddish bulb from tropical America has leaves reminiscent of a palm-tree seedling. In fact one of its synonyms is Eleutherine palmifolia. Flowers are white and star-shaped. Itis easy to keep and reproduce as it can be grown as winter-dormant and then loves warm and humid, greenhouse conditions with well draining soil. Eleutherine bulbosa is sexually sterile as it was somehow domesticated and then spread to many areas of North and South America, where it is planted by villages because of its medicinal purposes. Medicinal properties are possibly astonishing.



Picture from Wikimedia by: Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil - Eleutherine bulbosa Urb., CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34690017
Cultivation Protected
Plant origin America
Presentation Bare root
Max. Size 20cm-30cm
Botanical family Iridaceae
Light Medium
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature 5 ºC to 15 ºC
Flowering Season Spring
Plant type Herbaceous
Color Orange
Care Pot
Shape Bulbs