Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials
Native to South Africa. Performs best in areas with warm, dry summers. Bold, straplike leaves form clump about 1 ft. high, 2 ft. wide in fall and winter; foliage dies back by early summer. About six weeks later, 2–3-ft. stalks rise from bare earth (hence the common name), each topped by a cluster of 4–12 fragrant, trumpet-shaped, rosy pink flowers.
Grows in almost any well-drained soil. Gets all the moisture it needs from winter rains. Plant bulbs 1 ft. apart right after bloom period ends. Where winter temperatures stay above 15°F/9°C, keep tops of bulb necks at or slightly above soil level. In colder-winter areas, choose a protected southern exposure and set bulbs slightly below ground level.
Lift and divide clumps rarely; they may not bloom for several years if disturbed at the wrong time. Very long lived.
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