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Bulbine natalensis

   (Family: Asphodelaceae)
Afrikaans: Rooiwortel  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Flowering time EDIT
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
  Flower info
  The yellow star-shaped flowers are borne in elongated clusters on long, thin flowering stems. The hairy stamens are an easy way to distinguish Bulbine species from other similar plants.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
  Leaf info EDIT
  A rosette of fleshy, thornless, yellowish-green leaves.
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
This species is an aloe-like plant with a rosette of fleshy, thornless, yellowish-green leaves.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Widely distributed in the eastern and northern parts of South Africa.
History EDIT
The leaf sap of Bulbine species is widely used for the treatment of wounds, burns, rashes, itches, ringworm, cracked lips and herpes.

The roots are taken orally in the form of infusions to quell vomiting and diarrhoea and also to treat convulsions, venereal diseases, diabetes, rheumatism, urinary complaints and blood disorders.
Ecology EDIT
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  • Ben-Erik van Wyk, (2005), Medicinal Plants of South Africa ,Briza Publications  


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