I loved its small gorgeous citrus coloured flowers. Each tiny flower was crowned with a centre of hairy yellow filaments.
I didn’t even know its name and the plant and flowers looked too delicate to last long in the tropical heat. But, game for anything, I bought it all the same. I would have been happy enough if it could stay alive for a couple of months.
A gardening friend from Australia identified the plant for me. With its name, I found out more about the plant.
The bulbine frutescens is an African native and is commonly called ‘burn jelly plant’. Apparently the sap from its leaves can be used to heal burns, cuts, rashes, etc. – a beauty with a purpose! Even better, the bulbine is a perennial!
I planted the Bulbine frutescens out in full sun amidst other plants.
Although it grew, the Bulbine seemed a little reluctant to bloom. A couple of flower spikes peeked out feebly from the ground. So most of the time, all I had were slender leaves.
Recently, I trimmed a tall herb that overshadowed the Bulbine and pulled out the taller neighbouring zinnias.
All of a sudden the Bulbine woke up from its slumber. More than a dozen flower spikes have shot up and I have been blessed by a continuous show of the same beautiful miniatures that first fascinated me a year and a half ago.
Care and propagation: full sun, not fussy about soil, water sparingly. Propagate by division or by sowing seeds (no sign of seeds on my plants though)