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Bush Onion Plant plant Melbourne Bushfood

Size & Care

Prefers moist conditions

Full Sun / Part Shade

0.5m (h) x 0.5m (w)

Size: 0.5m x 0.5m

Description - A dense grassy tuberous plant that produces shoots of long leaves and flowers


Foliage - Succulent, greyish green, narrowly lanceolate leaves

Flowers - Fragrant, star-shaped yellow flowers are borne on long vertical flowering stalks with the oldest flowers at the base. Each flower has six tepals with tufted, hairy, yellow sepals.

Cultivation - Native across most of the wetter regions of South-East Australia, it can be grown in wet, well-draining soil. In times of stress, the shoots die down and return when conditions improve. They are a perennial species that do best in nutrient rich soil with low phosphorus. Fertilize in spring with native, low-phosphorus fertilizer. 

Uses - The tubers can be dug-up and roasted similar to a traditional onion. Harvest the tubers after a few years and keep a few for replanting. The seeds can be used as fennel seeds. The leaves are NOT edible.

Shipping & Returns

DUE TO QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS, WE'RE UNABLE TO SEND PLANTS TO WA, SA, TAS, AND NT (and overseas)

24hr Refund Policy - In rare cases, some plants arrive unwell/damaged/dead. Our 24 hour refund policy means that if one of your plants arrives in the mail and something's not right, we'll be able to offer a refund or replacement if a photo is sent to us within 24 hours of its arrival. 


We cannot accept requests for refunds or replacements after this.


If you have an issue, please contact us at hello@melbournebushfood.com.au and we'll get back to you within 1 business day. 

Shipping

STATE / COUNTRY

VICTORIA

NEW SOUTH WALES

QUEENSLAND

A.C.T

TAS // S.A // W.A // N.T

REST OF THE WORLD

DAYS

2-5 DAYS

2-5 DAYS

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2-5 DAYS

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*TRACKING: All items are sent via tracked, registered post (AusPost for Australia or another courier for overseas)

**RETURNS: Returns available with 24 hours of delivery

***Days = Business Days

FAQs

Can this grow in pots?

Yes! They're great pot plants and are well suited to growing on balconies (we have two on our balcony!)

Where is this plant indigenous to? 

Across wetter regions of South-East Australia.

What soil should I use? 

All soil types suit this plant, however we recommend a high quality native potting mix.


What fertilizer should I use? 

Use a high quality native fertilizer for best results.

Can you ship it to me?

We ship everywhere in Australia except WA, TAS, SA and the NT. For other countries, please check local quarantine laws for more information.

I'm buying for a school, how do I order?

That's amazing! Feel free to order directly from our website, otherwise if you need anymore help get in touch over email hello@melbournebushfood.com.au

Do you wholesale the plants?

Unfortunately we don't wholesale plants due to a limit in supply.

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Prefers moist conditions

Full Sun / Part Shade

0.5m (h) x 0.5m (w)

A tasty bushfood used by Wurundjeri People, this tuberous vegetable plant has edible tubers and seeds which can be roasted before eating. 


The Bush Onion goes by Native Leek, Wild Onion and Bulbine Lily, and while the seeds can be used similar to fennel seeds, the leaves are NOT to be eaten. The tubers are sweet-ish with a mild-onion flavour, and take a few years before they are ready to be harvested.


Found across the wetter areas of South-East Australia, the bright yellow flowers make a great addition to gardens and can be used in pots. When not watered well, the leaves die, but when enough rain arrives, the tuber shoots up new growth. 


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Native bushfood plants are a fantastic suburban addition that produce kilos of fresh, nutritious flavours that can be used fresh, in preserves, or in a roast salad. They are indigenous to this land so if you're going to grow plants for food, why not make them Australian native food plants?

“Delivered pretty fast from me ordering, it was in great condition. Sprouting up and looking spot on.It will be loved along with our other friends” XO Janet D

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Healthy Plant

Plant was well packed and seems to be doing very well in the garden. I’ve only just received it so can’t comment further but can’t wait for it to fruit. Thanks so much fo bringing these wonderful plants to the public.

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Prompt service and great packaging - very happy

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Heaven sent.

Thank you for my Crystal, Finger Lime. I had it in a small container inside for a few days, and recently potted it with an organic mix which looks like a mixture of rotted gum leaves and twigs, which is good. I talk to her every day and breathe upon her. (carbon monoxide) Today she enjoyed her first rain shower. I am going to name her ( appropriately) Crystal. She is slim and shapely and oh, so pretty like a young Native Australian. We shall become good friends and I am sure she will reward my TLC with much fruitage in the years to come. Thanks again, wishing you all the best with your enterprise. Margaret Gould. p.s. Looking forward to receiving my Dreaming Tea.

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Thrilled to have one in my garden.

Gorgeous and healthy little tree arrived safely and now happy in a pot. Am so looking forward to this one growing and fruiting in a couple of years! Thank you Melbourne Bushfoods for providing native food plants that we can grow and harvest from. Fantastic initiative.

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