Pronounciation: Bul-BIN-e fru-TES-cens
Sunset 13-24 (as a perennial)
USDA 8-11 (as a perennial)
Landscape Use: Accent, mass planting as ground cover, rock gardens, container plant, smaller landscape spaces close to himan contact.
Form & Character: Evergreen subshrub, like small urban sea anenomes, slightly stiff and pointed.
Growth Habit: Low growing herbaceous perennial forming basal clumps.
Foliage/texture: Linear, succulent green leaves to 12 to 18 inches long, similar to an onion leaf; medium fine texture.
Flowers & fruits: Tall spike of small yellow flowers, each spike is to 2 to 3 feet above foliage, 10-12 stalks per individual plant; bloom continually from mid-spring through fall; fruit inconspicuous.
Seasonal color: Yellow or orange flowers nearly year around.
Light: Partial to full sun, only moderately tolerates reflective heat in low desert. Shade inhibits flowering.
Soil: Well drained rocky soil is best.
Watering: Infrequent deep supplement irrigations during summer are needed.
Pruning: Dead head flower stalks, divide clumps every 3 to 5 years.
Propagation: Division of basal clumps.
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: Bulbine is a wonderful free-flowering subshrub for smaller landscape spaces. Cultivar 'Hallmark' is more more compact and produces orange flowers.