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Bulbine abyssinica - Bushy Bulbine

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asphodelaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Bulbine abyssinica (Bushy Bulbine) - An evergreen clumping succulent that forms a rosette holding 1 foot long narrow medium green colored grass-like leaves that are held erect and then arch outwards towards their tips. Starting in spring and often through summer appear the 18 to 24 inch tall spikes bearing bright yellow star shaped flowers with bearded yellow stamens that open from the bottom of the inflorescence upwards and are followed by dark small fruit. Plant in full sun to light shaded in a well-drained soil and irrigate regularly to occasionally - though from a summer rainfall area, this plant is fairly drought tolerant plant once established. Hardy to frost and possibly useful in gardens as cold as USDA zones 7b. Great as an accent plant or for a mass planting and older clumps can be divided to expand the planting. Bulbine abyssinica inhabits rocky, well-drained grassland site throughout the summer rainfall regions of the Eastern Cape province, north through Lesotho up to Ethiopia. The name Bulbine comes from the Greek word 'bolbine' and Latin 'bulbus', a general word for a bulbous or onion-like plant but is somewhat misleading as these plants do not have a bulbous base. The specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'Abyssinia' that was an early name for Ethiopia, where this plant was first described from. Other common names for this plant include Golden Stars and Yellow Cat's Tail.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Bulbine abyssinica.