Bulbinella cauda-felis is a perennial herb that annually presents a narrowly conical raceme of white flowers from pink buds. The densely flowered raceme has earned the plant a common Afrikaans name of katstert (cat’s tail). The erect flowering stalk reaches about 80 cm in height; in tough conditions only half that. Flowering may commence late in winter and carry on until midsummer.
At the base around the stalk the plant also grows a tuft of five to eleven linear, channelled, grass-like leaves. Only the underground plant parts are perennial.
The plant is endemic to the Western Cape where it is found widespread on sandstone, granite and clayey slopes. It thrives in damp conditions (Manning, 2009; www.pacificbulbsociety.org).
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