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Bulbine bulbosa

Bulbine Lily

Tufted perennial herb with a bulb-like tuber and fleshy roots.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsphodelaceae (syn. Liliaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-50 cm x 30 cm
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesErect grey-green to reddish, hollow, fleshy, channelled to almost round rush-like leaves to 30 cm x 1-5 mm
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • Flowers1-2 erect flowering stems with a terminal yellow spike of star-shaped flowers to 20 mm wide. Stamens bearded. Round straw-coloured capsules.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to well drained soils in a range of habitats including seasonally wet areas, moist rocky slopes and forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun, semi to dappled shade.
  • Garden useA cheery yellow lily for planting in drifts, amongst rocks or in cottage gardens. Generally dies back after flowering but can continue to grow and flower in moist conditions. Will often set seed and spread informally.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tubers, roasted
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Colleen Miller ©; 3 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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