Bulbine frutescens / African Aloe

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Bulbine – Bulbinella frutescens plant

Bulbine – Bulbinella frutescens plant

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Bulbine frutescence : An ethnobotanical treasure with multiple benefits and fascinating stories

African aloe vera

Replaces Aloe vera in Africa

Hardy down to -5°C (with peaks at -10°C not too long)

Bulbine frutescence: An ethnobotanical treasure with multiple benefits and fascinating stories

Dear ethnobotany enthusiast, prepare to discover Bulbine frutescence, an incredible medicinal plant that has traveled the world and captivated the minds of ethnobotanists and plant lovers for centuries. Enrich your ethnobotanical garden with this plant with astonishing properties and captivating stories. Follow us on this fascinating journey through the history, properties and uses of this extraordinary plant.

What is Bulbine frutescence and why is it so special?

Bulbine frutescence, also known as Bulbinella frutescens or miracle plant, is a perennial plant native to South Africa. It is part of the Asphodelaceae family and is recognized for its medicinal properties and its exotic appearance. Its succulent leaves and star-shaped yellow flowers make it both aesthetically appealing and useful for your ethnobotanical garden.

How to buy your own Bulbine frutescence and enrich your ethnobotanical garden?

By choosing our site for your ethnobotanical purchases, you will benefit not only from our expertise and passion for medicinal plants, but also from exceptional customer service. So don't hesitate any longer, add Bulbine frutescence to your garden and discover its multiple virtues for yourself.

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History, use and culture

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Plant size when shipped: 20-50cm.
Pot measuring 8x8cm or 11x11cm (depending on the time of year).
Perennial medicinal plant


The medicinal properties of Bulbine frutescence are numerous and varied. Among its benefits, we find:

Anti-inflammatory: The sap of the plant is used to reduce
inflammation and relieve joint and muscle pain.

Healing: It promotes the healing of wounds, cuts and burns.

Antibacterial and antifungal: The sap helps fight infections and speeds healing.

Moisturizer: It is used to treat skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and skin irritations.

Stories and anecdotes

La Bulbine frutescence is surrounded by captivating stories that have traveled across the world and time. Here are some fascinating anecdotes about this ethnobotanical plant:

  1. Local people in South Africa have used the sap of the Bulbine frutescence to treat skin problems, wounds and infections for centuries.
  2. The plant is also considered to have aphrodisiac properties and is used in some cultures to improve vitality and sexual health.
  3. The Bulbine frutescence is a resistant plant that can survive in difficult conditions, which has earned it the nickname "miracle plant".

How to cultivate it?

The Bulbine frutescence is an easy to grow plant and requires little maintenance. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate drought. It can be planted in the ground or in a pot, making it ideal for gardens of all sizes. Here are some tips for integrating this wonderful plant into your ethnobotanical garden:

  • Exposure: The Bulbine frutescence likes the sun, so place it in a sunny location.
  • Watering: Water moderately, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Propagation: The plant is easily propagated by division or stem cuttings.
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