Albuca Species, Pregnant Onion, German Onion, Onion Lily, Snake Flower

Albuca bracteata

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Albuca (AL-buh-kuh) (Info)
Species: bracteata (brak-tee-AY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Fenelonia bracteata
Synonym:Ornithogalum bracteatum
Synonym:Ornithogalum caudatum
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Lillian, Alabama

Satsuma, Alabama

Goodyear, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona(2 reports)

Benton, Arkansas

Brea, California

Brentwood, California

COARSEGOLD, California

Canoga Park, California

Castro Valley, California

Charter Oak, California

Chino Hills, California

Clayton, California

Covina, California

Fairfield, California

Fontana, California(2 reports)

Forestville, California

Fremont, California

Martinez, California

Merced, California

Mission Viejo, California

Norwalk, California

Oakland, California

Ontario, California

Pittsburg, California

Ramona, California

Reseda, California

Rowland Heights, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

Santee, California

Simi Valley, California

Sonoma, California

Stockton, California

Venice, California

Yosemite Lakes, California

Aspen, Colorado

Meriden, Connecticut

, Eastern Cape

Bartow, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Clermont, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Inverness, Florida(2 reports)

Jacksonville, Florida

Key Largo, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Longwood, Florida

North Palm Beach, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Panama City, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Sebastian, Florida

Wauchula, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

Collins, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia

Dalton, Georgia

Griffin, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Mcdonough, Georgia

Thomson, Georgia

Chadwick, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mount Vernon, Iowa

Rolla, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Gonzales, Louisiana(2 reports)

Kenner, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Douglas, Massachusetts

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Mattawan, Michigan

Newport, Michigan

Long Beach, Mississippi

Maben, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Camdenton, Missouri

Waynesville, Missouri

Claremont, New Hampshire

Exeter, New Hampshire

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Silver City, New Mexico

Barryville, New York

Fort Plain, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Jonesville, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina

Alliance, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

Williamsburg, Ohio(2 reports)

Zanesville, Ohio

Duncan, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Brookings, Oregon

Coos Bay, Oregon

Florence, Oregon(2 reports)

Grants Pass, Oregon

Harbor, Oregon

Sheridan, Oregon

Swisshome, Oregon

Conway, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Elizabethton, Tennessee

Gates, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Austin, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Harlingen, Texas

Irving, Texas

Katy, Texas

Kilgore, Texas

La Vernia, Texas

North Richland Hills, Texas

Portland, Texas

Roanoke, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Appomattox, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Patrick Springs, Virginia

Camas, Washington

Kalama, Washington

North Sultan, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

Sultan, Washington

Horicon, Wisconsin

Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Waupaca, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 22, 2017, PaulaOHIO from Alliance, OH wrote:

I had been looking for one of these plants for e few years. I found some babies listed on eBay so I purchased them. (Unfortunately I don't know anything about the mother plant.) They came looking like dry peas. I placed them in starter cells with cactus potting mix and put them in a south facing window. I spritzed them with rain water every couple of days. I didn't think they were doing anything so I was going to try potting them in real pots. When I took them out of the cells they had roots! I repotted them, each into their own 4" pot, and put them out on my back porch which gets full morning sun. They are going crazy! They started with just a tiny sprout sticking out of the top of them and now within three months the bulbs have tripled in size and each have 3 or 4 6+ inch leaves shooti... read more


On Aug 8, 2015, Shirrush from Ramat Gan,
Israel wrote:

One evening, me and another bloke were loafing about in our community garden, and there came this old lady who started a conversation with us. We had some difficulty understanding what she was talking about in broken Hebrew with a heavy Russian accent, but she was trying to tell us about a medicinal plant that looks like an Onion, but isn't one, and lives forever. We showed her our Aloe vera plants, and she told us that what she meant had similar vulnerary properties, but looked very different.

I went home, and started playing around the search engines with the name she had mentioned, which she said meant "Indian Onion". I couldn't find anything with these two keywords in English, Hebrew, or French, so I used the Google translator to revert it back to Cyrillic Russian, Indy... read more


On Jun 28, 2015, bigangelman from Horicon, WI wrote:

This was my grandmothers plant, she had never seen it bloom, but she kept the leaves rolled up with bobby pins. After she passed I became the care taker of this plant. I didn't pin the leave up and it started to bloom. Also as a child whenever we would get a cut she'd cut a small portion of the leave off mash it until slimy then it would be applied under a bandage. I guess it was the antibiotic cream of the time. Cuts healed fast without infection. She called it "merit zweibel" excuse my phonetic spelling. This was German for "healing onion" She had gotten it from her mother. she passed about 20 years ago at 96.


On Nov 14, 2014, snoopysmom4ever from Irving, TX wrote:

A friend of mine gave me 3 babies about 20 years ago and with in a year I had over 100 babies and it bloomed almost all summer long. I had it for about 7 years. I moved to Texas and had to leave it behind and unfortunately it didn't survive. While I had it all I did was water it when it dried out and gave it miracle grow about 3 times a year. It's so easy to care for. It took me close to 12 years to find the planet again. I'm so glad that I have it again. I started with 2 babies about a year ago and now I have over 60 babies. I have it on my front porch during the summer, spring and fall. When it starts to get cold I bring it into the house when the temperature drops below 30. It is inside my front door that is french doors so it still gets sun light. It does well this way for me. I lo... read more


On Jun 8, 2013, russelltdog from Kenner, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great plant for little care. Provide potting soil, and leave it out on my patio year round. No special care. Gets watered when other patio plants get watered. Winters here in southern Louisiana are mild so it stays on patio all year round. Produces a pleasant flower stalk and lots of little bulbs. Baby bulbs grow quickly when transplanted. I like this plant.


On Nov 17, 2011, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has to be one of the easiest of all the 'succulent' plants there are to grow in my climate (southern California). I got one many years ago and somehow it has spread to every single planter box and many many pots all on its own. It is incredibly drought tolerant, but extremely tolerant of wet, sloggy soil conditions as well. I have been unable to kill this plant, and I am pretty hard on plants. A 1cm baby becomes a flowering adult in less than a year, and then more babies... I still don't understand how they jump from one planter box to the next, though... probably is making seed, too, that I don't notice and that is making its way around the yard. At least, for a weed, it is a very easy one to pull out of the ground.


On May 15, 2011, SkeptikSharon from Ontario, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

My grandfather had a bunch of these growing in a pot and I thought they looked interesting. He gave me about 5-6 little baby bulbs off his and I put them at the top of soil in a pot that was about 12-14 inches across and maybe 8 inches deep. I figured since it produced babies so easily, I wanted room for them to grow. My grandfather gave them to me spring or summer 2010, and they've been in the pot since then. They survived 110 degree heat last summer with very little attention or watering given to them. They also made it through the so. California winter with very little attention or watering. I water them when I remember, which is maybe once a month or less. They just continue to grow. I have never had a flower as of yet, but I read in some posts that it flowers once root bound, which wi... read more


On Feb 27, 2011, Crit from Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I had one of these I was starting and suddenly the leaves were eaten off or rotted off at ground level. I'm still watering it and hope it comes back, but would love to get some more to start if someone that has plenty would share. Thanks!


On Jan 9, 2011, Joyce911 from Inverness, FL wrote:

My plant was my GRANDMOTHERS and I am 64. Her plant came from Poland When I was a child it lived in the bathroom Don't know why When we moved 13 years ago, it went on my laini and bloomed for the first time ever I bring all my plants in To spell the family name we called it I will do so by sounding it out We called it a
MOTZ ZATT ZIBBLE All the people we have given babies to have named the mother plants, we have Motzie, Willerd, Fred, Snotty and Bulb L head. When we were kids and got a sliver or bug bite, Mom would cut off a piece of leaf, chop it up getting it slimy and put it on the injury covering it with a band aid Half to an hour later, itching like crazy, the sliver was usually closer to the surface or gone and the bug bite on the way out. Part of this plant resides i... read more


On Sep 30, 2010, Denise73 from Clermont, FL wrote:

I grew up with this plant but only knew it from it's
German name. My mother's plant was originally from my great great grandmothers and came over with her from Germany. Also
Mom would use the leaves on cuts and burns.


On Jul 10, 2010, purekate from Barryville, NY wrote:

I just recently received one of these as an impulse buy from one of our favorite local plant dealers, the Cactus Man. He had a few small ones, about 1-2 inches in diameter, and I just couldn't resist it. He did show us one that was much larger, but it didn't have any flowers. That was a pleasant surprise to discover! I'm really looking forward to watching this guy grow and get large, it seems like such an interesting plant! Glad I found all of this info, too, because I had already been watering it incorrectly! Will start watering from the bottom the next time it shrivels up on me! :)


On Jun 10, 2010, boyyi from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I've had this plant in New Mexico for almost forty years. Quite by accident, I discovered that if I planted it in a hanging pot with a reservoir base that's filled from the bottom rather than top-watered, it went crazy: leaves six feet long, flower stems seven feet long. (The delicate white flowers smell like Johnson's Baby Powder.) It grows so happily I have to divide it annually or I'd be crowded out of the house.

Its present pot (plastic) has three hollow legs that extend down into the reservoir water: this means that water is constantly available, but the bulk of its roots remain above water. When I repot I find the hollow legs have become a solid mass of roots, whereas the earth and upper roots stay only very moderately moist. For those of you who have plants that are s... read more


On Jan 12, 2010, MargaretinNC10 from Jonesville, NC wrote:

I bought a pregnant onion plant ir has 3 babies.. I love it. Do I take the babies off the mother plant? or wait till they fall off?the babies dont have leaves yet. thank you from north carolina.


On Mar 14, 2009, blugld from Fort Mill, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I didn't realize that this plant was not that well know. My father-in-law gave me several ,probably, 35 yrs. ago. I have kept them and given my children and lots of friends and others some and still have some left but haven't done much with them and they are pretty small now but still multiplying..I do put them in the greenhouse in the winter because they are in a pot.


On Oct 26, 2008, PlantFanatic56 from Bridger, MT wrote:

I love this plant! This amazing plant from africa is just beautiful. Here in Montana I have it in a West facing window and it has grown to be 6 in in diameter in 7 years, it was slightly smaller that a golf ball when I recieved it as a gift.
I tried putting it outside during the summer and it went into shock and lost about 1/2 an inch in diameter. It has produced over 100 babies in 7 years ( there are some picture I uploaded) and produces a flower stalk about every 6 weeks. I have propagated over 80 offspring off of the mother and 100's off of her offspring. I water every for days and soak the 14" pot with 1/2 of a gallon of water. The babies are easy to propagate if they are kept in a moist environment. I haven't experienced any rash but since this plant is a lily, ingesting ... read more


On Jul 28, 2008, celticgreenman from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

When I got this, it was actually two bulbs connected together at the root ball with a few babies clinging to them. I repotted them as the pot they were in was much to small. The root ball was so tightly twisted I was afraid to seperate the bulbs for fear of tearing apart and damaging to many roots, so I just planted them as is in a larger pot and will hope they can untangle themselves in time. Very excited to see how they grow I have read so much about pregnant onion on this website ! Will post new experiances as they occur.


On Jul 17, 2008, Hipi75 from Beaumont, TX wrote:

I started out with 2 small bulbs & now I have 2 large pots of them. I'm thinking of repotting one of them in a hanging basket as the leaves tend to turn brown once they hit the ground. Recently, I trimmed one of the leaves & the juices of it got on my arm, causing a rash. It's not severe, but it feels like a giant mosquito bite. Apparently I'm allergic to it.
I still feel no malice towards this plant however. The blooms are gorgeous & it feels great to have exotic plants. As a gardener I am very happy to have this plant, but I just have to be more careful.


On Jun 18, 2008, Xeramtheum from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I was surprised to discover that the flowers have a light, sweet fragrance in late afternoon.


On Apr 27, 2008, gerbiletta from Brunswick, GA wrote:

Amusingly, I found a pregnant onion for sale for $1.00 at Lowes the day my daughter found out she was pregnant. I had never heard of a pregnant onion before. At the time the leaves were only about 6 inches long and skinny. My daughter's baby is due in 3 weeks, the onion has already put out 2 babies, bloomed it's beautiful blossom on it's 2.5 foot spike, and the leaves are18-25 inches long. The information tag that came with the onion said it was from Africa. I love it no matter where it originated.


On Apr 25, 2008, mah00c from Silver City, NM wrote:

I was given this and told it was a Ponytail plant but I had a ponytail already and knew it was not a ponytail. Have been searching for over a year for the name - meanwhile, was told to let it dry and water "just a little" - have also seen overwatering as a no no, BUT when I was watering just a bit, the leaves browned and almost died, so I moved it to my kitchen window - morning sun - and when I take my meds - which is 2 times a day - it gets a little drink BOTH times. It is now a huge beautiful, healthy plant with a very large "teenager" and 2 smaller babies. Since I had no idea of what it was, I just did what ever made it grow and a drink 2 times a day seems to work.

News Update: Have 3 babies and mother plant is going to bloom!!! It is just 3 years ol... read more


On Mar 23, 2008, drecenra from Orting, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Love this plant. Bought it at home depot, where it was so shriveled it didn't even look like it had a bulb. brought it home and it perked up after a couple of days and a good soaking. Now the bulb is almost three inches across and producing lots of babies.


On Nov 24, 2007, gray_53 from Mcdonough, GA wrote:

This thread contains plenty of info on the pregnant onion already. I just want to say pass on the babies(this can be a fun activity, and they make perfect presents), and visit the Graptopetalum paraguayense page. This plant makes babies also, and is a very cool plant.


On Jul 12, 2007, KELLI2L from North Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have only been keeper of this unusual plant for two months. I didn't realize it even bloomed until it decided to do so 6 days ago. But for some reason the leaves have been looking poorly since the bloom stem started, is this normal? It looks terrible.
I have also noticed that it starts to get mushy but if I give it water it fills out again, is this normal?
It seems to do better out of the east sun on the balcony (where it resides). Floridas' sun may be just too hot for it.
?Am I supposed to put pebbles on the surface of the dirt? I noticed most of the pictures of this plant on this site have pebbles on the surface.
I noticed that the juices from it seem like an alloe plant and I don't seem to be allergic to it - thank goodness.


On Jun 6, 2007, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I got mine years back from a famous old estate.
Mine's "mother" is well over 100 years old.
Interesting plant :-)


On Sep 5, 2006, guardians from Thomson, GA wrote:

I have no idea how I got this plant, and came to DG to find out what it was. It is one of the most carefree and attractive foliage plants I have ever owned. I'll be giving some babies to my kids soon, and I know I don't have to worry about them killing it!


On Jun 8, 2006, ImogeneB from Patrick Springs, VA wrote:

I found this plant by accident at a plant sale. I would like information on how to keep it going, so far mine is doing great and I'm just facinated to watch it grow.It does some of the most interesting things, like one shoot growing through another like threading. GREAT , love it.


On May 22, 2006, LavinaMae from Grantsboro, NC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've had one or 2 for about 5 years. Mine has even bloomed and when I looked in a flower Encyclopedia it said it was a Jersuleum Star plant.
I have approx 8 babys growing right now also.



On Jul 10, 2005, skilledwithands from Issaquah, WA wrote:

I have had a few of these growing for several years. Every year I bring it in for the winter and put it outside again in early spring.

This year it got put on a shelf for the winter, and was totaly forgotten. I would say I didnt water it for a good 6 months maybe more. When I finaly did go look at it , it was a shrivled up mess. I put it outside to let the rains take care of it...3 weeks later she is bigger and healthier than I have ever seen her.... its obvious to me that these guys like to have long dry periods...



On May 3, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of the few plants in the yard I do not like so much, only because it's leaves die off so easily and it becomes messy. Two neglected pots must have trillions of babies them!


On Jan 29, 2005, schmidtr from Mineral Point, WI wrote:

This plant is great as a houseplant, even in Wisconsin. Mine have some strange brown growths on the leaves. When I remove them they have a white powder on the inside. I can't tell if they are mold or something laying eggs on my plant.


On Oct 13, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love plants of this nature, when I lived in Chino Hills, in Southern california, I had bought one, had it in the house for about a year, kept making babies, so I planted it outdoors, I never took care of it, it flourished, and made so so many babies, I would just trow them all over my flower beds, cut back the extra long leaves, they would never die!!! Before We moved North, I forgot to bring some with me, sigh, I would love to grow again, anyone have any they would'nt mind parting with? lol


On Oct 13, 2004, megabrams from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I live in Indianapolis and grow this lovely plant as a houseplant. I had no idea that it could bloom, but last week I noticed a long 'stem' growing out of the top of it directly towards it's sunlight source. I can't wait to see what it's "bloom" is going to look like!


On Oct 12, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

We have one of these in the yard and suprisingly, it is not invasive.


On Jun 24, 2004, Carrington from Lagrange, GA wrote:

My mother gave me a little one that is only about an inch wide and its already giving off babys, it was root bound are what ever you call it when the roots have grown as far as they can so i put it in a big pot and now its going crazy growing. i not have babys growing and its become a fun little project growing them. its like having a family or a rabbit family cause you'll have babbies every where,

sun/shade in West central Georgia


On May 24, 2004, Turtlegirlie from San Jose, CA wrote:

My grandmother gave me two bulbs she had pulled up from her garden. I planted one in my back yard,in the ground, in full sun , then gave the other to a friend.
They seem to like abuse because her dog took a two inch chunk out of hers and it has just gone crazy! I have since moved mine several times and spread the "babies" around to my naiehgbors. I love this plant, I havent killed it yet and it is propigating quite nicely. We now have several plants.


On May 11, 2004, jeanie53 from Klamath Falls, OR wrote:

I had my frist Pregnant onion for 25 year sit set in 1 spot for almost 15 year I want to shear this I took it out of the pot it was in every 2 yreas and cuts the root and the green leathers so it would not get so root bound .When she bloomed it green stalk that came out grew to be about 6 to 7 feet and would have littles white flowers with purple stripes. 10 years ago I started traveling across country took my onion with me in our mother home I saw not change in the grouth pattern till I got to oklahoma in June where i set it on the Deck gave it water like always in just a few short days I noticed it was in bad shape it rotted not sure of what happen I lost it and all my babies until just a few days ago I was able to find anotehr one no one ever heard of it thank U for your Information... read more


On Apr 27, 2004, millie3 wrote:

I live in Tyler Texas and was given one of these plant about a year ago. The plant was in good shape when I got it...but since has flourished. It has dropped babies in the pot and they have sprouted and have began to grow. I began another pot of this from the extra babies. I have also repotted the original one 3 times and with each time the bulbs increase in size. I really enjoy watching the plant grow.


On Apr 25, 2004, penben11 from Kilgore, TX wrote:

i alos have one of these plants in kilgore, texas I have repotted once but it does not seem to get any bigger. I need to know what i am doing wrong?/??? I have a few babies growing under it but when it spits babies it begins to shrivel a little bit but then it comes back to life again .. My ? is what do i do with the babies and should i pick off the babies and plant them or what? an d how do they need to be planted? thanks for any help


On Mar 15, 2004, jeanne50 from Dalton, GA wrote:

I have had this plant for close to 30 years and have never developed rash or anything but then I am not allergic to poison ivy either. I did not know it was used like aloe but I will stick to my aloe. I have neglected this plant, mistreated it. basically considered it to be a weed it has grown and multiplied so well. Last summer I divided my 1 big hanging basket into 2 hanging baskets and this month it is blooming like crazy. It also looks like the bulbs must be about 2-2.5 inches in diameter before blooming - at least mine anyway.It is a fascinating plant. My animals (parrot and goat) don't seem to be affected by it. The goat REALLY likes the flowers.
Didn't give the bird a chance to fully taste it. He nibbled.

found out that when there are more than 1 bloo... read more


On Dec 6, 2003, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

Having read so much about this plant I would like very much to try growing it in AL. I have been unable to locate one and none of my friends have any so can't share with me.


On Dec 5, 2003, carmen1 wrote:

Imagine my surprise to find my "unique" onion plant so widely known overseas! I am in South Africa and mine was given to me by a friend, hers was given to her by her mother when she had her first child, and she has kept up the tradition of giving it to new mothers.
I have done the same and when friends fall pregnant I give them their baby onions at the stork parties!
It is such a lovely looking plant, and again, a real conversation piece!
The babies are sturdy and root quite easily, and because they are so easy to grow it is okay to give them to new mothers as even they can remember to water it once a week!


On Sep 14, 2003, Saundra from Sacramento, CA wrote:

I first saw this plant this summer when my husband and I purchased one at a church bazaar. It is great! We have it outside, in a container, in part sun (Sacramento, CA), and water it every day -- but will do so less often as the weather cools. The flower stalk broke when I repotted it, and the remaining stalk dried. I pulled it out from the center of the bulb, and now a new one is growing. We have not had any problems handling the plant, or any negative reaction to the liquid in the leaves -- we've trimmed them when they've torn and they are fine. It grows very fast, and the babies develop quickly.


On Sep 6, 2003, Charleen43 from Claremont, NH wrote:

I love this plant. I Lost my original one because I was in the hospital for an extended period of time last fall and my daughter over watered "daily" which is a big no-no! The roots rotted, but I was able to save 4 babies on it. Now they are beginning to blossom.

Very poisonous plant and one should wear gloves when touching it because it can cause a severe rash especially from the sticky sap inside the leaves. My mother once had a rash that extended her whole arm and all over her face from trying to cut down the plant then touching her face afterwards.

My Mom's original plant was smuggled over the border from Mexico by my Aunt many many years ago as this plant originally was illegal in the states due to it's toxicity. (Just a little trivia here.) Now the... read more


On Aug 28, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

One of those fun odd plants that puts on a real show. Begins flowering in January and the stems can last for 8-9 months. Offsets readily and the pups can stand alone almost immediately.


On Jul 2, 2003, Glassgirl wrote:

I was fortunate enough to buy one of these plants at a yard sale for $2.00. It had already bloomed and has several babies. We happened to have it identified by a relative, who called it a "Pregnant Onion"


On Jun 8, 2003, bigangleman wrote:

After my grandmothers passing I took the job of keeper of this plant. Not until a year after I had it did I look into what it really was. I had only known it as Meritz Wiebel (german for healing onion). I also never knew it bloomed, grandma always kept the leaves curled with bobby pins. I don't think she ever knew it bloomed either. I put it outside in the summer and inside for winter. I never curled the leaves and it bloomed! We grew up whenever a cut or burn a small part of a leaf was mashed and put under a bandaid, works good! Last summer I put some out in the garden at our new house and the rabbits got them all, I still have lots of rabbits so it didn't kill them!


On May 16, 2003, peggibeau from Fort Plain, NY wrote:

My mother had gotten one of these from her cousin in California, who had gotten it from New Mexico. I have had them for years. They multiply very quickly, and I have found that they start shriveling up when they need water. I have only had one flower, and shortly after that it died. But my mother passed on two years ago, and I acquired some more "babies" and now I have eight "mothers" and about forty "babies" I have given these to all my relatives that have houseplants, and they are fascinated with the way they have "babies".
Has anyone had an experience where their dog ate one?? It says in the description that it is toxic if ingested, but my eight month old german shephard decided to chew on one of mine, so far she is OK, but obviously I am concerned. Any info on this might... read more


On Apr 19, 2003, Simek from Inverness, FL wrote:

Growing up in Chicago, we always had what was called a mutz zat zibble, or onion plant. The original one I still have is over 80 years old. I sumggled it into Fla 4 years ago and has Mutzi gone wild. She has hundreds of new family members all over Citrus County. She bloomed for the 1st time in my lifetime and everyone I meet wants one of the babies. One of the babys is called Willard and has out produced Mutzie. If you have a cut that ets infected, chop a piece up, slap it on the area, cover with p[lastic wrap to keep it moist and tape it closed. Leave it on for a day and check it, the infection should be drawn out, if not go for another day. My sons in the mid west are trying to keep up with their own crop. I just found out that they are a draping plant. All of their lives we hav... read more


On Mar 11, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria,
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

We had the pregnant onion growing near the house, but my wife found the plant rather ugly, with its enormous onion-bulb sitting on the surface. We threw it out over the back fence, where it took root in the shade of a large Blackwood tree (Acacia melanoxylon) and it now flowers there every year. The flower spikes are enormous, about 1.5 metres long, twisting through the other plants and flowering over a long period as the patch of open flowers moves along the spike.


On Feb 11, 2003, jenbear22 wrote:

Have had this plant forever and has taken place of my old aloe plant, if milked and applied quickly to burns not only does it remove pain and blistering it also prevents scarring. Very resiliant, can go for a long time without watering, even sitting on my windowsill above the sink it gets enough moisture from the sink to last.


On Jan 9, 2003, Atutich wrote:

Actually it has been an awesome experience! I always remember my grandmother having pregnant onions when I was growning up. She gave me one last spring, and as usual I was not very good at keeping it watered. It set out in a pot on the sunny side of my house for months, and I thought that I had, once again, lost another one! That's when I noticed it had a baby on it! So I moved it inside when the weather turned cold and give it a half cup of water every Wednesday and Sunday. Now it is blooming!! No one in my family has ever had, or even heard of them blooming! We are having so much fun watching a new bloom open almost every day! Some of the first blooms are just starting to close, but they have been open for about a week! It still has tons of buds to open! It is just way to cool!


On Aug 30, 2002, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Interesting plant! I got one in trade and didn't know it was supposed to be a house plant, so I plunked it down in my zone 8b garden in full sun and it survived for many years! Until I forgot it was there and the liriope smothered it out.