Bulbine Frutescens 'Hallmark'

Bulbine Frutescens 'Hallmark'

Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark' (Orange Stalked Bulbine) - A succulent groundcover from the southern coast of South Africa north to Mozambique. It has narrow fleshy green leaves that are 6-8 inches long, which form a open rosette of leaves to 1-2 feet tall and spreading by rhizomes to create wide-spreading clumps. Orange flowers with frilly yellow stamens form atop long stalks that rise above the foliage in the spring through the summer. Plant in full sun to light shade with little irrigation. Evergreen and hardy to 20-25 degrees F but its ability to freeze down and resprout from underground has some listing hardiness down to 10°F. This plant has a bloom period that extends into the summer along the coast but has somewhat of summer dormant period in hot interior gardens then reblooms in the fall. Some Bulbine seed about the yard but 'Hallmark' are self sterile. If Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark' is planted with the yellow species one can get non-sterile orange seedlings. Contains glycoproteins, similar to many aloe species and is touted for similar healing properties as Aloe vera such as for to ease burns, rashes and itches. This cultivar was reportedly selected Crassula expert Gordon Rowley from seedling plants from seed collected by Harry Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa (Hence the name "Hallmark"). Harry Hall (1906-1986), was a Kirstenbosch horticulturist in charge of succulent plants who discovered many South African plants. He is particularly noted for his exploration and discovery within the genus Euphorbia and his name is commemorated in the specific epithets of many succulent plant names. He was awarded a Fellow of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) in 1981.  The description above is based on our research and observations of this plant growing in our nursery and in our own and other Santa Barbara gardens. We would appreciate hearing from anyone who has additional information or disagrees with what we have written.