Jean-Francois Schwob of the Turcieflor nursery presents the bulbine, a succulent plant with staggered flowering throughout the beautiful season. Easy to grow and requires little maintenance, it also has interesting medicinal properties.
A more hardy plant than it looks
The bulbs (Bulbine frutescens) is a xerophytic plant originally from South Africa.
In its native zone, this plant is used to growing in dry conditionsboth at ground level and in the atmosphere, so it supports the lack of water very well.
The bulbine, despite its exotic looks has a hardiness interesting, it tolerates negative temperatures of around -5 or -6°C in dry, well-drained soil. It is a plant that one can consider grow on the coast and wherever the winters remain mild, but also on your balcony or terrace in a sunny and slightly sheltered position.
The bulbine hates having constantly soggy roots, especially in winter if the winter rains are very frequent or the watering is too copious.
If these conditions are met, the plant will flourish until reach 40 to 60 cm size once properly installed. This succulent plant will produce numerous offshoots, giving a small bush with a height of about twenty to thirty centimeters.
The bulb is very floriferousshe produces yellow flowers on thespecies type, or orange on the variety ‘Hallmark’. Flowering will last from the end of spring until the first autumn frosts because it coming back incessantly in bloomsomething very interesting on an ornamental level.
Unsuspected medicinal properties
This plant is used in South Africa to treat many pathologies.
The English name for bulbine is ‘Jelly burn‘ Where ‘gel brûlure‘ in French. This name tells us that the gel contained in the succulent stems of this plant can be used to heal burns, but also many everyday ailments. Just cut a sheetto extract the somewhat sticky and sticky gel and to pass it on the burn, on a small cut, a sunburn or an insect bite to soothe the pain, just as you would the frost of the famous Aloe vera.
The bulbine has the advantage of presenting a much better hardiness than the latter which freezes from 0°C.
On a terrace, in front of a window, in the garden in a sheltered situation, but also indoors in winter, you can enjoy its many flowers, its exotic look and its very limited maintenance since it requires very little watering.
A plant that will delight you every day!
Source: Au Jardin, conseils en jardinage by www.aujardin.info.
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