A small to medium perennial with erect, succulent, rush-like leaves. It grows to a size of 25cm x 25cm. It has the ability to store water underground during a dry summer or autumn. It dies back in dry weather but can continue to produce new leaves and flowers throughout the year if it receives additional watering in summer and autumn.
Yellow star-like flowers to 20mm wide cluster on a leafless flowering stem from September to February.
The black seeds are contained within a spherical shaped fruit found at the base of the flowering stem.
It grows best in semi-shade or full sun.
Yellow Bulbine-lily is a showy, adaptable plant that grows best with regular moisture. It is drought tolerant. It is useful as a highlight plant among grasses or as a mass planting.
In Boroondara, there are small populations growing in Beckett Park, Balwyn and in Welfare Parade, Glen Iris.
Ecological Vegetation Class
Valley Grassy Forest, Grass Woodlands, Creekline Herbrich Woodland and Escarpment Shrubland
Yellow bulbine-lily provides food for butterflies. Its succulent roots are edible once its leaves have died back.