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What's in Bloom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates?

Need a drought tolerant plant for your Florida garden? Try a Bulbine

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 6th

Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens, Burn Jelly Plant).     

     We have a great new plant available at the gardens and it is a relative newcomer to the gardening industry in the last few years. It is the perfect choice for the homeowner who wants a very low maintenance and drought tolerant option.

     The leaves of the Bulbine produce a jelly-like juice (similar to Aloe) that is wonderful natural treatment for burns, rashes, insect bites, cracked lips and cold sores.

     The Bulbine makes a great ground cover since each plant will grow to form a clump that can reach up to four feet wide. This clumping habit also makes Bulbine a great pass along plant. The succulent, grass-like foliage grows to about 12 to 18 inches tall with flower spikes reaching two feet.

Caring for your Bulbine frutescens:

  • Watering your Bulbine is not needed in the rainy season, but supplemental watering every two weeks may be needed in the dry season.
  • Suited for growing in Zones 9-11 and is hardy to the low 20’s.
  • Grows best in well drained soil, but is very tolerant of poor dry soil.
  • Needs little attention or special treatment.
  • Drought tolerant.
  • Can be used in a container garden.
  • Plant your new Bulbine in a sunny location with 6 to 8+ hours of sun.

      A group planting of Bulbine will make a striking and low cost addition to your SW Florida garden. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates currently has Bulbine available for purchase in one gallon containers in our Garden Shoppe.

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