• 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

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Quick Overview

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

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. 

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Worth waiting for Review by Lesley
The bulbine takes a while to establish but is worth the wait. The new plant I received from Tropical Britain is very healthy and quite substantial so I may not have to wait so long for this one. (Posted on 05/06/2020)

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Bulbine frutescens

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

Availability: Sold Out

£10.99

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