Bulbine frutescens – Burn Jelly Plant (plant)
A member of the Asphodelaceae family from Africa, Bulbine frutescens is a fast growing perennial succulent with orange and yellow flowers. Makes a great drought hardy addition to the garden.
The fresh leaf produces a jelly-like juice that is wonderful for burns, rashes, blisters, insect bites, cracked lips, acne, cold sores, mouth ulcers and areas of cracked skin. This plant is ideal to grow and is a useful first-aid remedy for children’s’ daily knocks and scrapes. The Rastafarians make an infusion of a few fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water. The strained drink is taken for coughs, colds and arthritis (www.plantzafrica.com). Can be used in place of Aloe vera.
Care and Cultivation of Bulbine frutescens
Well drained soil in a full sun position, treat Bulbine frutescens with similar conditions to Aloe vera.