The broad-leaved bulbine, Bulbine latifolia, is one of the largest in its genus and is more like an aloe than a bulbine. It grows naturally in the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa.
The flowers are much larger than other bulbines, resembling an enlarged yellow asphodel, although they differ in that they are often borne on crescent-shaped pedicels that curve upwards from under the leaf towards the light. It grows up to four inflorescences per plant, all of which are adorned with densely flowered racemes 40-100 cm high. The flowers are pure yellow, opening at the base of the raceme and gradually creeping upwards over a period of a few weeks. The leaves are lanceolate, bright green and somewhat fleshy, forming single rosettes up to 20 cm high. The leaves can store water, giving the plant a reserve to draw on in times of drought.
It grows best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Under the right conditions, the plant will spread rapidly, forming an aloe-like clump that will increase in size over time. This bulbine prefers well-drained soil and likes some organic matter incorporated into the bed or planting area. It will do well in a container of any size, especially if regularly top dressed/fed with organic compost. We have also seen it growing out of large cracks in rock, it looks attractive in these conditions and is well suited to stone walls and rockeries.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
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