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🌿 I've been gardening ever since a child, when I spent time with my father in his vegetable garden. But my fascination with Echeverias started in the 1980's, when my father gave me a pot with five Echeverias, which turned out to be E. imbricata. At first I wasn't much interested in them and planted them in some obscure corner of the garden and completely forgot about them. How great was my surprise when, a couple of months later, I noticed that they had spread and made a beautiful display - I was hooked!
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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Bulbine frutescence

Bulbine frutescence in my garden, Tarlton, South Africa

Commonly called Bulbinella, which is incorrect as Bulbinella is a completely different species, bulbine is effective in preventing skin infection, healing and soothing cuts, rashes, insect bites, burns, cold sores, pimples and other skin problems. Its clear and soothing gel forms an invisible 'seal' over the wound, protecting against bacteria and providing ongoing relief and healing throughout the day.

It is a very attractive succulent indigenous to South Africa which needs little attention, and thrives in most soil types and in most weather conditions. The juice from the leaves is used in creams, and can also be applied to eczema, burns, rashes, fever blisters and stings etc. I often use it on cuts and scrapes I might pick up while working in the garden.

Growth Characteristics:

Occurs naturally in the Free state, KwaZulu-Natal, and in parts of all the Cape Provinces
Perennial, Evergreen, Frost tolerant,
A rosette of fleshy, yellowish-green leaves,
Yelow or orange flowers borne on elongated clusters of long, thin flowering stems
Height: ±40m; Spread: ±30cm,
Very popular rockery plant. It is drought, heat and frost tolerant

Full sun; Well drained, composted soil
Pick fresh leaves throughout the year

Use in shampoo as a moisturiser

Medicinal use
Bulbinella leaf sap may be beneficial in the following cases:

Bulbine is ideal to grow if you have children as it is a first aid remedy for knocks and scrapes

Crash the leaf softly between your fingers and squeeze the clear leaf sap out
Place directly on the skin for wounds, burns, rashes, itches, ringworm, cracked lips, herpes, cuts, boils, eczema, insect bites, cold sores, acne

Preparation and dosage:
Crush the leaf softly between your fingers and squeeze the clear leaf sap out,
Apply topically as often as needed
This information from "HealthyLiving Herbs"

Some newly planted Bulbine frutescence in my herb garden

When planting this delightful herb, make sure you leave enough space between each plant as they tend to spread a meter or more

 Bulbine self-seeds and you will find new plants coming up all over the garden. These are easily removed from areas where they are not wanted and transplanted to a more appropriate location

There are more than 50 Bulbine species and several are used medicinally by our traditional healers. These include B. asphodeloides (wildekopiva), B. alooides (rooistorm), B. narcissifolia (geelslangkop), B. natalensis (rooiwortel), and B. latifolia. This native of South Africa occurs naturally in the Orange Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and parts of all the Cape Provinces.

Afrikaans: balsemkopieva, copaiba, geelkatstert, katstert


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