Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month: Bulbine

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Rusty Thompson on September 10th, 2018

This is the perfect perennial for Gainesville lawns because of it's tolerance for hot temperatures, dry, and sandy soils, and it provides color throughout the warm months in our area.

It blooms repeatedly with cheerful flowers that are yellow or orange, depending on the variety. It makes a great ground cover since each plant will grow over time to form a clump that can reach up to four feet wide. This clumping habit also makes bulbine a great passalong plant for other Gainesville gardeners, as well.

The succulent, grass-like foliage grows to about a foot tall, while the flower stalks typically reach two feet, dancing above the leaves throughout the summer months.

Bulbine was named a 2006 Plant of the Year by the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association and has continued to increase in popularity since.

Bulbine will grow best if it is planted in a spot that receives full sun and has well-drained soil, though it can be grown in a site that gets shade for part of the day. Once established, bulbine is very drought tolerant.

Deadheading and removal of spent stalks will encourage the plants to produce more flowers, but it is not necessary. Our Gainesville landscape management plans include this if you're interested in discussing with our team. 

If you'd like to see more curb appeal, and possibly even a Bulbine, in your Gainesville landscaping - give us a call or text at (352) 378-5296 or fill out the contact us form at the top of the page.