About thirty species of Bulbine
are native to southern Africa. They are
herbaceous plants, often with succulent leaves. This species is a small,
clumping plant with onion-like leaves about six to nine inches long. Yellow or
orange flowers are on stalks held above the foliage. Flower stalks are twelve
to eighteen inches tall. The PlantzAfrica website says that the gelatinous sap
from crushed leaves can be used to treat burns and skin ailments in much the
same way as aloe juice.
Light: sun, part shade, shade
Water: moist soil, well-drained soil, drought tolerant
Soil: adaptable to soil types, no other special requirements
This plant grows best in Jacksonville in well-drained soil in sun or part sun. It is a durable little plant that flowers most of the year. It performs well as a ground cover when planted in mass.