Scientific: Bulbine frutescens
Common: bulbine
Family: Liliaceae
Origin: South Africa

Pronounciation: Bul-BIN-e fru-TES-cens

Hardiness zones
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.

Temperature: Tolerant

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.