Stalked Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: 18 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 15 - 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Yellow
Multi-Color
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

First time in my yard this Spring.  Interested to see how it hand

Comments:
Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2011 6:07 PM

In my opinion this is a much underused plant. It is excellent for xeriscaping & will take long periods of extreme drought. Under those conditions it will lose leaf color to the point of becoming yellowish but when it gets water it bounces back in no time at all with leaves that are a rich blue green. It puts out so many bloom stalks that you can't believe it & the bees ADORE them! The bloom stalks are never still as the bees keep them bobbing & waving all the time as the blooms seem to float above the plants themselves. Very bright & eyecatching. As the plant grows it makes new plantlets which have roots above the ground. Just break them off & plant them if you want more plants in another location.

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Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Jul 11, 2013 8:56 AM

South African native with narrow, succulent green leaves similar to an Aloe.
It can be propagated easily by stem cuttings planted and kept in a shady area. They don't need any special attention and they build strong roots in a couple of months.
Hardy to 20 degrees F, but can freeze down and resprout, so some list the hardiness down to 10°F. It has a bloom period from summer along the coast, but has something of a summer dormant period in hot interior gardens, where it will then rebloom in the fall.

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Plant Events from our members
flaflwrgrl On February 27, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Still continues to bloom. Has not quit of taken any hits from the freezes or frosts we have had all winter long.
flaflwrgrl On October 29, 2014 Bloomed
Bloom still continues.
flaflwrgrl On February 15, 2014 Bloomed
Bloom continues 6/18/14
flaflwrgrl On October 9, 2013 Obtained plant
Rec'd in trade & planted
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