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.
Similar to S. ruscifolia and generally sold as such. However, S. ruscifolia has red ...
This variety produces orange-red flowers and orange-red fall and winter foliage on a 3-foot plant.
Native from the western Mediterranean to central Asia. Golden yellow, 1 1/2-in. flowers, one on each 6...