Bulbine vagans

Family: Asphodelaceae

Bulbine vagans is a member of the Asphodelaceae family. This genus was previously included in the Liliaceae family.

Bulbine vagans is a perennial herb reaching a height of 20 to 60 centimetres. The roots are thick; the long, shiny, succulent leaves have a channel down the middle and are up to 30 centimetres long. From spring to mid-summer plants produce many flowering stalks (or scapes). Each scape holds up to 45 bright yellow flowers. The capsules, that follow the flowers, contain a number of small, black seeds.

Bulbine vagans is a native of New South Wales and Queensland. In New South Wales the species is found growing in crevices in the gorge country east of Armidale in northern New South Wales.

In the garden

Bulbine vagans is a beautiful, free flowering perennial that would make an eye-catching addition to cottage gardens, rockeries and containers. This is a native plant that has great horticultural potential and needs more recognition and cultivation.

In our cold climate garden there is a problem. Our resident kangaroos have become partial to the foliage and we have to either protect plants with cages or grow in pots away from hungry macropods.

Propagation

Propagate from seed that germinates readily and rapidly. B. vagans, once established, will self seed and appear in various places in the garden.

Other information

The type specimen was probably collected in central Queensland in 1977. The species name refers to the thick leaves.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather