Eleutherine bulbosa is a small plant native to Central to South America, and is known for its white or off-white flowers. It typically grows 2-5 ft and can survive in USDA zone 9-11. In order to grow this attractive plant, it should be planted in full sun and watered regularly. This ethnomedical plant is used in cooking and pickling in Borneo, with the bulb being similar to a miniature red onion with a spicy taste.
When caring for Eleutherine bulbosa, they should be watered 2-3 times a week in the warmer months and once a week in the cooler months. To encourage the most blooms, deadhead any flowers that have wilted to promote new growth. If grown in a pot, particularly in cold regions such as USDA zone 9-11, the pot should be placed in a sheltered spot to protect it from dry conditions and frost. In colder climates, ensure that the soil is well drained and maintain a layer of mulch near the roots to keep the roots insulated from frost. However, the plant should not be overwatered, as the plant can become waterlogged in colder months. Prune it in spring to encourage more flowering. With these easy care instructions, you can enjoy the beauty of Eleutherine bulbosa in your garden!