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Bulbine bulbosa – Native Leek (plant)

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Bulbine bulbosa is a native member of the Asphodelaceae family, Native Leek extends through temperate Australia from central Queensland to Tasmania and South Australia. It is a densely tufted perennial herb reaching 75cm. In the wild, plants are found growing in conspicuous colonies. Fragrant flowers and is a great alternative to daffodils.

Apart from being an attractive addition to the garden, Bulbine bulbosa is also useful as a food plant. The plump, round corms were traditionally eaten by Aboriginal people. The corms are best roasted and can be eaten all year round, although it will take a few years initially for the corm to mature. Roots of Bulbine bulbosa are regarded as the sweetest of the lily and lily-like plants. They are also nutritious, containing calcium and iron. (Taken from

Care and Cultivation of Bulbine bulbosa

Bulbine bulbs is tolerant of most Australian conditions. Well drained soil in part shade to full sun. Tolerant of drought conditions once established.

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