Order Plants
Help us to improve this plant!
Please tell us!

Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Bulbine bulbosa
5 synonyms:   Anthericum bulbosum , Blephanthera depressa , Bulbine australis , Bulbinopsis bulbosa , Phalangium bulbosum
Common Name:bulbine lily , golden lily , leek lily , native leek , native onion , wild onion , yellow onion weed
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Lily, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Cottage, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Tubers can be roasted and eaten, they are sweet tasting and contain calcium and iron.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
20-60 cm x 30 cm
Foliage:Erect grey-green to reddish, hollow, fleshy, channelled to almost round rush-like leaves to 30 cm x 1-5 mm
Flowers:Yellow, star-like flower to 20mm wide, they last 1 day, September-January
Tufted perennial herb with a bulb-like tuber and fleshy roots. A 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.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Greening Australia
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  5. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  6. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  7. Australian National Botanic Garden
  8. iNaturalist
  9. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  10. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

Click the following thumbnails to open them in gallery view (generally enlarging them)

Share this Plant

QR Code