Bulbine frutescens

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Bulbine frutescens (L.) Willd.

Asphodelaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   8

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: six-stellate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: single
Habit: erect

Growth form: clump-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Asparagales
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Bulbine frutescens is a perennial.

Naming

Bulbine frutescens was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Carl Ludwig von Willdenow, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1809.

Taxonomy

Bulbine frutescens is a species in the genus Bulbine which contains approximately 76 to 81 species and belongs to the family of the Asphodelaceae (Asphodelus Family).

Characteristics

Bulbine frutescens - flowers
Bulbine frutescens - inflorescence

Growth

The perennials have a clumpforming habit and reach heights of 30 to 40 centimetres.

Leaves

Bulbine frutescens is evergreen. The fern-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are lanceolate with entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Bulbine frutescens produces racemes of erect, yellow six-stellate flowers from April to September.

The perennials produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Bulbine frutescens is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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