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This aloe looking perennial is a sure candidate for most Xeriscape designs in Austin.


B. frutescens, B. caulescens

Common Names:

Light: Full Sun

Height: 1′ – 2′

Spacing/Spread: 2′ – 3′

Evergreen: Yes.

Color: Orange/yellow flowers.

Interest: Spring.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: No, but particularly well adapted to central Texas and Austin.


Wildlife habitat:

Features: A tropical looking drought tolerant perennial. Cold tender.

Austin Native Landscaping: “This aloe looking perennial is a sure candidate for most Xeriscape designs in Austin. The blooms are stellar, very unique and interesting. We install it as a low layer in our Xeriscape flowerbed designs. The plant also performs really well in pots. Remember to place Bulbine in full sun as the plant really enjoys and thrives in that environment. You may want to trim the spent blooms or leave them untouched.”



Family: Asphodelaceae (Pronounced – as-foh-del-AY-see-ee)

Genus: Bulbine (BUL-bin-ee)

Species: frutescens (Pronounced – froo-TESS-enz)

Propagation: Stem cuttings, rhizome division.



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  2. Andrew Heyden May 29, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Will deer eat this plant? I live in New Braunfels, southeast of Austin. The climate is very close to that of Austin, but there are thousands of whitetail deer here within the city limits, so plants they will not eat are essential for all gardens without high fence protection.

    1. Andrew,
      Yes, on heavy deer pressure deer will mow Bulbine down. Try Lamb’s Ear, or other plants from our deer resistant list.
      Texas Sage
      Bush Germander
      Mexican Bush Sage
      Jerusalem Sage
      Cherry Sage
      Lamb’s Ear
      Golden Showers Thryallis

      It can be done. We have a client in Leander where the deer are a constant visitor and her garden is thriving with color and vigor.

      Good luck!