Back in late January I bought some Bulbine frutescens. (Scroll down to page 11 of the link provided.) I had heard lots of good things about this plant. It is drought tolerant and, most importantly to me at the time, cold hardy. The plants were not blooming when I purchased them, but I am a very calm, patient gardener and knew I would be able to wait for blooms.
Then, Ami at Southeast Florida Garden Evolvement posted a beautiful picture of her blooms complete with BEES no less.
Obviously, I had to rush out to a garden center and buy more bulbine that was in bloom. I planted the blooming bulbine near the non-blooming one and ....
The non-bloomer accepted the challenge and has been blooming ever since. There are subtle differences in the two plants. The flower petals are shaped a bit differently and the flowers are spaced farther apart in the 'late bloomer' variety. The 'late bloomer' leaves seem to be more tightly clumping. Both flowers are orange with those cool fuzzy yellow centers. I haven't been able to find any information to explain why these plants are slightly different. Anyone know?
And yes, I realize I'm NOT a calm, patient gardener. That's why I have so many plants.