Frutescens / Yellow Burn Jelly Plant
( Yellow Bulbine Frutescens / Bulbine Caulescens )
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Origins:
– All Bulbine Frutescens are native to South Africa and make an excellent North
Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area, drought tolerant, easy maintenance and long flowering perennial
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Preferred Exposure:
– Yellow Bulbine will prefer a full sun or partial sun and partial shade location in
the North Florida | Jacksonville| St. Augustine area landscape.
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Foliage:
– Succulent foliage is slender, grass like, bright green with a gelatinous core
similar to the aloe plant and can be crushed and used medicinally on skin for burns, cuts, minor scrapes like
the aloe vera plant.
– Foliage is cold hardy to 20 degrees.
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:
– While not particular of soil components, Yellow Bulbine will need good
drainage and will thrive in any well drained soil.
– Salt tolerance unknown
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Size Variance:
– Bulbine Frutescens can grow 1-2 ft in Height and eventually spread 2-3 ft
– The selection Halmark Orange grows 18 ” x 24-36 ” W and has bright orange
blooms with yellow stamens
– The selection Tiny Tangerine is another orange bicolor selection and is
somewhat more compact only growing to about 12 ” H and has a slightly paler colored bloom.
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Growth Habit:
– Evergreen, clumping almost grass like perennial forms an attractive dense mound of
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Growth Rate:
– Yellow Bulbine frutescens is a moderate growing plant and can be expected to reach
its full size within the second or third season after planting from a nursery container.
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Bloom:
– Bulbine Frutescens Yellow blooms stand in tight clusters on stalks above the
foliage of the plant in spring summer and fall in the North Florida landscape.
– Brightly colored flowers have yellow petals and yellow stamens and open
slowly over time extending the blooming period for each stalk.
– No need to deadhead these plants.
Yellow Bulbine Frutescens Water Requirements:
– Low water needs make Yellow Bulbine Frutescens ideal for xeroscape plantings.
– Plants will require supplemental irrigation after being planted in the ground from
the S & J Nursery container but will survive on their own with little help after establishing itself into
Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
– Bulbine frutescens is not touted as a butterfly or bird attracting plant. .
Best Uses For Yellow Bulbine Frutescens in the North Florida | Jacksonville |
St. Augustine area garden:
– Bulbine Frutescens is an excellent perennial selection for the North Florida |
Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape.
– Low maintenance, compact low growing habit and lots of blooms our a long period of
time make it a garden staple that everyone should find a place for in the garden.
– Plant in masses around a bird bath or other accent for a beautiful and graceful
display of blooms.
– Plant along the edge of a walkway or path for an added pop of color to lead you on
– Excellent front of the border planting for an instant eye appeal. Great substitute
for lower growing annual beds where you are just tired of having to replant each season for lots of flowering
Care of Yellow Bulbine in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine
– Plant may be dug and divided every 3-5 years to make additional plants to locate
in other areas of the garden.
– Water every day during the establishment period after planting in the garden from
a nursery container.
– Fertilize each spring with a handful of garden compost or a mixture of Milorganite
and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food or