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Bulbine frutescens (photo courtesy of Monrovia)
Bulbine frutescens (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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Zones 8, 9, 12-24
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Moderate, Minimal

Bulbine frutescens


Cacti and succulents, Ground covers, Perennials

Branching stems of this South African perennial make a sprawling clump 1 ft. high, 2–3 ft. wide. Leaves are fleshy, bright green, and shaped like slender, pointed pencils. Produces spikelike 6–12-in. clusters of tubular bright yellow flowers (reminiscent of red-hot poker, Kniphofia) most of the year. ‘Hallmark’ has gray-green leaves, orange flowers with fuzzy yellow stamens; the plant is more compact, less heat-tolerant than the species. ‘Tiny Tangerine’ is another orange-flowered dwarf. Useful as groundcover or bank cover in dry, well-drained soil. Leaves are slippery when stepped on.

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