ruthbancroftgarden: Bulbine mesembryanthemoide…


Bulbine mesembryanthemoides

The species name of this plant is quite a mouthful, but it means “like an ice plant”, and it refers to the translucent “windows” at the tops of the leaves – a trait seen in many members of the Ice Plant Family, such as Lithops (”living stones” and Fenestraria (”baby toes”). However, Bulbine is completely unrelated to these, and is in the same family as the aloes and red-hot-pokers (the Asphodel Family). Native to the winter-rainfall region in the western part of South Africa. The new leaves push out in winter, but the flowers do not appear until the following summer (the flower photo above was taken long ago).