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Bulbine frutescens

Bulbine frutescens
Bulbine frutescens
Bulbine frutescens

Family asphodelaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers yellow/orange (spring-fall)
Size 12-24"
Light sun
Cultural notes drought tolerant

Succulent perennial from South Africa that expands by rhizomes into low spreading mats. Spikes of orange or yellow flowers rise above, to 1-2 feet. Hardiness varies by species and variety, for both above-ground hardiness/evergreenness, and root hardiness. Over the past year, we purchased two plants: a quite succulent, broader-leaved specimen (shown at right) that we planted in November and died in a hard freeze in January, and a grassier-leaved plant purchased in March (shown above). They look like different species to me, but since I didn't see the first one bloom (it was setting buds when the freeze hit), it's hard to say what it really was.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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