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Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants – Southern California

Fine Gardening - Issue 144

Southern California


Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens and cvs.)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11

Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; prefers well-drained soil

Bulbine sports aloelike evergreen leaves, and it flowers nearly year-round. It’s perfect for adding a burst of color to rock gardens, meadows, and even containers, thanks to its compact shape. This succulent tolerates low water but looks best with a weekly soaking. If you prefer orange blooms to the standard yellow, try ‘Hallmark’ bulbine (B. frutescens ‘Hallmark’, pictured).


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