A member of the Asphodelaceae family and also known as Stalked Bulbine and Snake Flower, this healing evergreen plant originates from South Africa. It grows in clumps of strappy, fleshy, thornless leaves, sending up attractive yellow flower spikes in late spring and flowering through summer into autumn. The flowers are a good food source for both butterflies and bees.
The leaves can be used like the better-known Aloe vera – they contain a similar jelly-like substance which is said to help heal when applied to wounds, skin infections, eczema, burns, rashes, blisters, insect bites, cracked lips and skin, acne, cold sores, mouth ulcers and ringworm. An excellent first aid plant to be grown, harvested and used by kids. An infusion of fresh leaves can also be made to help relieve coughs, colds and arthritis though care should be taken when using internally. Leaves and flowers are said to be edible, and if related species are anything to go by, the root most probably is too, though I cannot find confirmation of this. The plant is also said to be very effective for treating wounds, sores and rashes on animals.
Burn Jelly plants require a sheltered situation in full sun (preferably) or partial shade, with a well-drained, and preferably loamy soil, and very little water. they are perfect for xeriscaping, rock and gravel gardens and part of a fire-wise landscape. They also thrive in containers, and as houseplants in moderate to good light on an indoor windowsill.
Height to 50 cm, spread to 1.5 m. Clumps can be divided to maintain size required, and flowers deadheaded to encourage further production. Frost hardy to -5 degrees.
Established plant in 9cm pot. Certified organic.
Photo: By Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0 us, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71836881