Bulbine frutescens

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Bulbine frutescens
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Bulbine
B. frutescens
Binomial name
Bulbine frutescens
(L.) Willd.[1]

Bulbine frutescens is a species of flowering plant in the genus Bulbine, native to southern Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland).[2][3]


The typical shrubby growth of Bulbine frutescens (yellow-flowered form).

This variable species grows as a small shrub, with short, low stems that produce roots down towards the ground, and slender, erect, succulent, grey-green leaves.

The flowers appear throughout the summer, on a 30 cm erect inflorescence. The flowers can be orange, yellow or white. Like all Bulbine species, the stamens are distinctively tufted ("bearded").


Bulbine frutescens is mostly dormant in summer, blooming in the spring, and then again in autumn although somewhat less. It can be propagated easily by stem cuttings. The cuttings can be planted immediately and kept in a shady area. They do not need any special attention or treatment, and build strong roots in a couple of months.[citation needed]


Bulbine comes from the Greek word bolbine, a general word for a bulbous plant, but particularly Ornithogalum.[4] The name is misleading, as plants do not have a bulbous base.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Willd., Enum. Pl.: 372 (1809).
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  4. ^ Hyam, R. & Pankhurst, R.J. (1995), Plants and their names : a concise dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-866189-4, p. 75