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Bulbine

Bulbine is a genus of plants in the family Asphodelaceae and subfamily Asphodeloideae, named for the bulb-shaped tuber of many species. It was formerly placed in the Liliaceae. It is found chiefly in Southern Africa, with a few species extending into tropical Africa and a few others in Australia and Yemen.

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Native to South America, the graceful, flowering specimen was relatively unknown in the U.S. until tested and propagated by Proven Winners. In 2006, Bulbine was named plant of the year by the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association. Bulbine care is minimal and learning how to grow Bulbine is simple. Caring for Bulbine doesn’t require much effort and neglect doesn’t prevent the delicate blooms from rising 12 to 18 inches above clumping, onion-like foliage. Bulbine plants are adaptable to many soil types. Growing Bulbine flowers is a good choice for gardens in arid areas, as Bulbine plants are drought tolerant. In fact, these flowers are often found in rock gardens with poor soil just for this reason. Bulbine plants are hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 9-11, but can grow in lower zones as annuals. The plant, which grows from rhizomes, is hardy to 20 F. (-6 C.).

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