The ‘Pregnant Onion” – Ornithogalum caudatum is a bulbous flowering plant belonging to the Asparagaceae family. The family is known famously for the asparagus plant. Its common names are Pregnant onion, False onion, False sea onion and Sea onion.
Originally found in South Africa, the Ornithogalum caudatum also known as (Ornithogalum longibracteatum and Albuca bracteata) has become popular, thanks to its unique characteristics. This fascinating plant is easy to grow. Its thick succulent roots help retain water and doesn’t face any significant diseases or pests. This plant earned the name “pregnant onion” because of the bulblets forming in spring below the outer layer of the mother plant bulb. The baby bulbs swell and remain attached to form a “bulb colony” on the mother bulb.