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Bulbine latifolia


Water Needs

low; water wise

Bulbine latifolia
Groundcover; Perennial
Glass Water; Geelkopieva

30 - 30 cm


Light Conditions



light; moderate; hardy


Yellow; spring

Garden Situation

sun; shade; dry shade; roof gardens; green walls; walls; am sun; container; slope bank; sandy soils; wildlife bees


cliffs; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; grassland


Subtropical East Coast; bushveld savanna; thicket

Rain Season


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A succulent groundcover that forms aloe-like rosettes of long, bright yellow-green triangular leaves that taper to a sharp point. These are softly fleshy and thick, smooth to the touch and spineless. While many texts suggest B. latifolia grows in full sun, many gardeners only use it in dry shade to partial, or semi-shade; certainly, this was where it was known to grow while still called B. natalensis. Here, plants retain their lush and plump texture and fresh colour. I find flowers also last longer and grow a bit taller out of the hot sun. In nature plants tuck into rock crevices, hang off cliffs, and spread beneath shade-giving thicket shrubbery. Plants thus love compost enriched soils. Size: 3o cm high x 20 – 30 cm wide Flower: spring Position: Light shade; dappled shade; partial shade; Water needs: low. Water wise Frost: moderate

Bulbine latifolia
Bulbine latifolia
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