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Bulbine frutescens (Orange Bulbine)

Stalked Bulbine, Rankkopieva, Bulbine frutescens yellow, Bulbine caulescens, Orange Bulbine


Floriferous and durable, Bulbine frutescens (Orange Bulbine) is a herbaceous, succulent perennial forming dense rosettes of linear, fleshy green leaves, up to 18 in. long (45 cm). Blooming throughout the year in adequate conditions, long racemes of small, yellow or pale orange flowers with frilly stamens are borne above the leaves. They attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bulbine frutescens is a rhizomatous perennial that will form spreading colonies over time. Native to river banks and sandy, coastal hillsides in South Africa, Bulbine frutescens is easy to grow, tough, heat and drought tolerant and requires little care. Suitable for xeriscaping, Bulbine frutescens looks great throughout the seasons. It is a desirable little plant to be used in rock gardens, borders, Mediterranean gardens or containers.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade, in dry to moist, well-drained sandy loam. Drought tolerant once established, but best growth and flowering occur with supplemental irrigation. Tolerates poor, rocky soils as well richer soils.
  • A wonderful addition to the water-wise gardens, Orange Bulbine can be used in city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens, rock gardens, containers or as a groundcover.
  • Easy-care plant with no serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed at 55-64°F (13-18°C) in early spring. Can also be propagated by stem cuttings in summer (see semi-ripe cuttings).
  • Native to southern Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland).

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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