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Herbaceous Perennial

Bulbinella hookeri

golden wand

A deciduous plant forming rosetttes of lanceolate, rather fleshy leaves to 30cm tall which start into growth in early spring. Later it produces upright stems to 60cm bearing dense racemes of starry, bright yellow flowers, which last throughout the summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Bulbinella can be evergreen or deciduous, clump-forming perennials with narrow, somewhat fleshy leaves in a rosette, and many small, star-shaped, usually yellow or white flowers in a dense raceme held well above the leaves

Name status

Correct

Plant range
New Zealand

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in full sun or partial shade. Mulch with leaf mould in winter. Can also be grown in an alpine house in containers of equal parts loam, leaf mould and sharp sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed in a cold frame as soon as ripe or propagate by division in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Rock garden
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

None required

Pests

Under glass, glasshouse whitefly, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite may be problematic

Diseases

Usually trouble free

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