Bulbine vagans: is
a member of the Asphodelaceae family. The plants included in this family used
to be encompassed by the Liliaceae family.
Bulbine vagans is a perennial herb reaching a height between 20 to 60
centimetres. The roots are thick and the long, shiny leaves have a channel
down the middle.
Plants produce many flowering stalks (or scapes). Each scape holds up to 45
bright yellow flowers. Flowers appear from October to January. A few blooms
are often carried after January. Capsules follow the flowers and these 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.
Bulbine vagans is not as well known as its close relative Bulbine
bulbosa. In spring Yallaroo is home to hundreds of the latter species,
growing in our grasslands. At present we have only one Bulbine vagans
in cultivation. We have harvested seed and hope to have many more of this
colourful plant in our gardens.
Flowering specimens, of Bulbine vagans, light up the garden. Rockeries
and native cottage gardens would benefit from the addition of this colourful
Propagate from seed.