There is only one species in the genus. Bowiea volubttis. At first glance it looks very much like a green onion. It grows well in cultivation when planted with the bulb above the soil where it can be seen. It sends up one or two long, thin, bright green winding stems with many short, forking branches, more like the well-known asparagus plants. The greenish-white flowers are inconspicuous. It requires a very sandy but rich soil. When the stems begin to wither, watering should be gradually stopped and the bulb allowed to rest until it again shows signs of regrowth the following season.

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