Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials
From the mountains of South Africa. Tufts of narrow, 2–3-in. leaves are nearly obscured by masses of inch-wide, six-petaled flowers over a long spring-and-summer bloom period. Typical blossom colors range from pink shades to rosy red, but white varieties are available. Grows from a bulblike structure that is closest to a rhizome but also has characteristics of corm, tuber, and tuberous roots.
Plant roots in early spring, setting them 1 in. deep and 3–5 in. apart in nonalkaline, well-drained soil; choose a location where winter moisture can be kept to a minimum. Stop watering when foliage yellows in fall. Divide crowded plantings in early spring, just as growth begins. Good in rock gardens. Often grown in containers to accommodate the need for dry winters.
This variety has 3-in., double pink flowers on a 3-ft. plant.
From Japan. Grows to 10–20 ft. tall and slightly wider, with 2 1/2-in., spiny-edged, glossy gree...
Native to China. This bamboo grows to 6–20 ft. tall. Erect stiff culms resist falling over in th...