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Bulbinella floribunda (photo courtesy of Bob Wigand)
Bulbinella floribunda (photo courtesy of Bob Wigand)

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Bulbinella floribunda


Perennials, Flowers

A large clump of narrow, 2-ft.-long floppy leaves emerges every fall, just as other plants are entering dormancy. Then in winter, this South African develops 4-in. spikes of yellow blooms that resemble red-hot poker (Kniphofia), but the flower spikes are shorter and less pointed, and the blossoms are bell shaped, not tubular. Good cut flowers.

Easy to grow from seed sown in well-drained soil in spring. Foliage dies to the ground after bloom; pull off old, dry leaves. Keep soil on the dry side during spring and summer dormancy. Colonizes low-maintenance borders quickly. Divide crowded clumps in fall.

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