Stalked Bulbine

Bulbine frutescens

Tall, slender spikes of yellow flowers rise above sturdy clumps of narrow fleshy green leaves, blooming nearly continuously from mid-spring until fall. This versatile, dry climate gem adapts well to humidity and harsh weather. Spreads quickly to form wide clumps. Useful in containers, rock gardens, or planted in mass as a groundcover.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationBUL-bin-ee froo-TESS-enz
LoreThe narrow, succulent green leaves of this South African native contain glycoproteins, similar to many aloe species, and are known for similar healing properties as those of Aloe vera, including soothing burns, rashes and itches.
Average Size at MaturityClumps to 1 - 2 ft. tall, spreads by rhizomes to 3 - 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through late summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeRepeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Firewise, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Rock Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Clump Forming, Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

Provide well-drained, compost-enriched soil. Spreads quickly by rhizomes. A short summer dormant period may occur in hot interior climates. Water regularly during first growing season to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Remove spent flowers to encourage fall rebloom. Remove old, faded foliage as needed.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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