In an earlier post, I wrote about the Bulbine latifolia. I also have another species of bulbine, the Scented Grass or Narrow-leaved Bulbine, in my garden and it has just started flowering. It has tiny, delicate, starry-yellow flowers which shoot out on stalks, about 50cm high. It is very easy to propagate – by dividing large clumps – and requires little to no attention once rooted.
This is a really cool little plant with some really interesting uses. Traditional healers in South Africa use the sap of the plant to treat eczema and similar skin conditions while the tuber of the plant is used to quell vomiting and diarrhoea. I think it is also being investigated to determine if it has any uses for the treatment of AIDS-related illnesses.
On a more magical level, the plant is rubbed on the legs of children who are late in walking in the belief that it will strengthen their muscles.
Plus, its great to look at and has these fantastic yellow flowers. The Zulu name is ibhucu.