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BULBINE frutescens 'Hallmark'

Image of Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'

Grandiflora

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

BULBINE frutescens 'Hallmark'

Plant Common Name

Bulbine, Hallmark Bulbine, Hallmark Cat's Whiskers

General Description

Hallmark cat's whiskers is a tough, evergreen perennial with airy spikes of orange-yellow flowers. It originates from South Africa and has round and juicy leaves reminiscent of chives. It is low-growing plant, which spreads slowly by underground stems to form large clumps. The cultivar ‘Hallmark’ is a little more compact than standard Bulbine. It bears many tall, leafless flower stalks above the foliage. These are topped with spikes of small, star-shaped, orange flowers with masses of yellow stamens. Blooms appear throughout the year in warm climates, but are most plentiful spring through fall.

Plant 'Hallmark' in well-drained soils in full sun. It will tolerate partial shade, but will stretch and have fewer flowers in the shade. It's very drought tolerant and is best in dry locations. However, flowering is better when the plant receives an occasional watering during very dry or hot weather. Remove spent flower stalks to encourage flowering. Divide the clumps to thin the planting and for propagation. A good choice for drought-resistant, desert and rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-30" / 30.5cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    24"-26" / 61.0cm - 66.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Orange

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes