Monday, August 5, 2013
...and perhaps in your garden?
The semi succulent Bulbine frutescens is used Stateside as a plant friendly to xeriscaping: it does not need a whole lot of water. My specimen is courtesy of our friend Paul Westervelt who shipped the little pot to us in the spring, from Saunders Brothers in Virginia. It has settled in very well and has had flowers almost continuously, much visited by bees. The gel-like sap in the leaves has a reputation, in South Africa, for curing all kinds of skin ailments.
I like the cut flowers, because they seem to last forever.
I'm pretty sure this is an annual in our USDA 7b (-ish) climate, though I could see the plant becoming a problem in some regions, along the lines of another South Africa plant, imported to control erosion, in California - Carpobrotus edulis, the well known Cape plant we call suurvy (sour fig). It is now a noxious weed in the States. At least you can eat it!
In other news, it seems fall has arrived, early. The weather, heinous for most of July, is perfect.