History of the Bulbine Frutescens

Bulbine comes from the Latin word bulbus meaning an onion or bulb. This name is misleading, as plants do not have a bulbous base.

Bulbine frutescens is native to desert grasslands in South Africa, this plant grows well in a well-drained soil and is also very tolerant of poor, dry soil. Be careful not to over water. Bulbine grows best in full sun, has succulent foliage, and produces racemes of star-shaped yellow flowers in the summer months, around 10-15 stalks per plant. Bulbine can withstand a light frost, keep protected in colder climates. Yellow African Bulbine is also known as Bulbinella and Burn jelly plant, the sap in the leaves is used for healing in South Africa. Bulbine frutescens can reach 1.5' tall with a 2' spread, the flowers are held 2-3' above the foliage.

Can be used as accent plant; good in containers and in rock and cactus gardens.  Low maintenance; remove old flower stalks, and any frost damage.

The fresh leaf produces a jelly-like juice that is wonderful for burns, rashes, blisters, insect bites, cracked lips, acne, cold sores, mouth ulcers and areas of cracked skin. This plant is ideal to grow and is a useful first-aid remedy for childrens' daily knocks and scrapes. The Rastafarians make an infusion of a few fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water. The strained drink is taken for coughs, colds and arthritis.

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Basic Information on the Bulbine Frutescens

Bulbine Frutescens:

  • Form: clump-forming succulent
  • Seasonality: evergreen
  • Size: 1.5ft, spread to 2ft
  • Leaves: tall fleshy green cylinder, long and thin, similar to onion leaf blade
  • Flowers: tall spike of small yellow flowers; stalk to 2-3ft above foliage, 10-12 stalks per individual plant; bloom continually from mid-spring through fall
  • Fruit: not significant
  • Stems/Trunks: n/a
  • Range/Origin: South Africa
  • Hardiness: survives to 20°F or below but foliage is damaged