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Bulbinella

Bulbine latifolia

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There are 24 bulbine species - 18 from South Africa and 6 from Nieu-Zealand. Bulbinella can be grown in the garden in rockeries or as container plants, the flowers are colourful and long-lasting when cut and placed in the vase. Most South African species flower from winter to early summer, but 4 species flower during the drier period between summer and autumn. The New Zealand species usually flower mid summer. Bulbine latifolia has broad, succulent leaves and are the largest in the genus.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Flowers last well in a vase.

Propagation

Division
Divide larger clumps towards the end of the dormant period (autumn), take care to not damage the roots.
Seed
Sow seeds as soon as mature and ripe. sow in sandy soil mix that drain well.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attract bees

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Northern, Western and Eastern Cape and New Zealand
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
White, pinkish, yellow or orange
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to Aphids, red spider mite and whiteflies.

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