Bulbine 'Medicus', Burn Jelly Plant

planting site / location:
sunny to half shaded
planting distance:
30 x 30 cm
soil / fertilisation:
Fertilise when needed.
watering:
Keep it moisturised.
gardener's tip:
Thus 'Medicus' is a perfect addition to the many other medicinal plants like the silver sage 'Culinaria', the gourmet-rosemary 'Abraxas', the round thyme 'Fredo' or the herb of life (Gynostema pentophyllum) 'Jiagulan'. Overwinters indoor as house plant.
Medicinal plant from Africa. Constains jelly for wound healing. The bulbine plant belongs to the succulent lily family and therefore has thickly pulpy leaves. When cutting or breaking a leaf a viscous jelly leaks which is said to have a certain healing effect on wounds, skin infections, eczemas, burnings and herpes. This is why it is also often called 'Burn Jelly Plant'. Due to its anti-bacterial agents it is the 'first-aid' plant for children and adults with minor scratches. You either crop a leaf from the plant and spread the leaking jelly onto the skin or take a longer leaf, part it crosswise, cut the edges and lay it on the wound, fixing it with a bandage.


german term: Bulbine
botanical termn: Bulbine frutescens
plant height: 60-65 cm
life cycle: perennial
harvest season: perennial
flowering season: June to October
use: Herb from the garden pharmacy. Bed or tub plant, during winter also suitable as house plant.
colour palette: green

 

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