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What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

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Bulbine

Bulbine frutescens

This clumping perennial can reach a height and spread of 1 to 2 feet. It tolerates any soil pH, from 4.5 to 8.0, and any type of soil texture, from clay loam to sandy loam, from sandy to sandy clay. Soil moisture should be well drained.

Bulbine is medium drought tolerant and prefers full sun, but it performs well in partial shade. This plant produces orange-yellow flowers from spring through summer. It can be used as a groundcover or a container plant. A small number of plants will fill in a landscape bed in a few years.

Bulbine is one of several plants in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden and my home landscape that is not damaged by our winters. It remains green year-round.

For more information on this and other perennials, please see the University of Florida publication “Gardening with Perennials in Florida,” by Sydney Park Brown, at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg035.

We hope you will stop by our courtyard teaching garden to see our bulbine.

Lynn Barber

The Walker garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

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