Bulbine frutescens

Water Needs

low; moderate

Bulbine frutescens
Stalked Bulbine

20 - 40 cm


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade;


Light; moderate


Yellow, mixed yellow/ orange; autumn winter spring

Garden Situation

Sun, semi-shade; walls; rockery; windy exposed; clay soils; roof garden; slope bank; sandy soils; dry soils; wildlife bees; narrow spaces;


hot & dry; fynbos; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; bushveld; grassland; urban streets


thicket; highveld; Subtropical East Coast; karoo; succulent karoo; Western Cape; bushveld savanna

Rain Season

Summer, winter

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A common and popular succulent groundcover for hot, sunny beds. Grey-green leaves are fleshy and succulent, shaped like long-curving fingers growing from a central base. Plants spread quite quickly to cover a space, and can be split. Plants become woody over time and need replacing. This little Bulbine does best in well-draining soils. Multiply plants via cuttings or division. The gel-like juice of this species in particular is excellent for stings, bites, acne and cold sores.

Bulbine frutescens
Bulbine frutescens