• Bulbine frutescens
  • Bulbine frutescens
  • Bulbine frutescens
  • Bulbine frutescens
    Bulbine frutescens - orange-flowering forms are not uncommon

Bulbine frutescens

Stalked Bulbine, African Bulbine, Snake Flower, Cat's Tail, Burn Jelly Plant
Size: ex 1.5L Pots - Large plants

Availability: In stock

£10.99

Quick Overview

  • Fast-growing Aloe-relative succulent
  • Yellow flowers throughout the summer
  • Free-draining soil
  • Hardy but won't take wet roots through winter
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Description

Bulbine frutescens, Stalked Bulbine or Burn Jelly Plant, is a fast-growing clump-forming succulent from South Africa with delicate yellow flowers produced thrughout the summer. A close relative of the genus Aloe - which it resembles - Bulbine frutescens is often used in South Africa as a skin salve for burns in much the same way that Aloe vera is used. Kept as a house plant on the window sill in the kitchen, the gel from its crushed leaves can be used as an emergency ointment.

Bulbine frutescens requires a free-draining soil and is best grown in sun or partial shade. Like many succulents, its foliage will often colour pinkish-red if it gets too much sun. In the UK, it is best grown in a terra-cotta pot that can be brought inside in the winter. Although hardy down to about -5C if kept dry, the wet British winter is usually soggy enough to rot its roots. If you live in one of the warmer areas and have a very dry, protected spot and give it a gravelly gritty substrate, it may well be worth your while to experiment with this outdoors. Otherwise, bring it indoors in October to a well-lit warm aspect and treat it kindly, keeping it dryish until the spring.

There is quite a lot of genetic variability with the colour of the flowers and orange-flowering forms often crop up in seed-raised batches. 

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asphodelaceae
Sub-Family Asphodeloideae
Synonyms Anthericum frutescens, Anthericum fruticosum, Anthericum incurvum, Anthericum multiceps, Anthericum rostratum, Bulbine caulescens, Bulbine frutescens var. incurva, Bulbine frutescens var. rostrata, Bulbine incurva, Bulbine rostrata, Phalangium frutescens, Phalangium rostratum
Geographical Origin South Africa: Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Kwaulu Natal, Free State
Cultivation Full sun or partial sun. Sheltered aspect. A rich but dry soil with its drainage improved by generous quantities of sand, grit and shingle. Ideal houseplant
Eventual Height 50cm (flower stalks much taller)
Eventual Spread 30cm
Hardiness Treat as tender. The main problem is the British wet winter. In a dry aspect or under a rainshelter and kept completely dry they can tolerate temperatures down to -5C. Some foliage damage with direct frost. Bring indoors and keep dry with plenty of light

Bulbine frutescens

Stalked Bulbine, African Bulbine, Snake Flower, Cat's Tail, Burn Jelly Plant
Size: ex 1.5L Pots - Large plants

Availability: In stock

£10.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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