During summer, this spectacular plant opens numerous bright mauve flowers, from a distance resembling violets, on many-branched stems, bearing narrow, pleated, linear leaves. It will prefer a bulb frame or hot dry scree in the UK, as in the wild it is found in rocky grassland, mostly in hilly country, in Botswana and the north west Cape.
Seeds may be sown at any time of the year onto a well-drained compost and covered very thinly indeed with compost or grit, leaving some of the seed showing as light may aid germination. Keep the pot moist at a temperature of between 18 and 22 degrees C in a well-lit position. Seeds should germinate within 2 to 6 weeks but may take longer. Pot on into small pots before finally planting into a large pot, or outside in warmer countries.
Classification:Half hardy bulb, Half hardy perennial