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 about 5-10 mm deeply. 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 much longer so do not discard the seed tray. Pot on small seedlings into 3 inch or 7cm pots until of a size suitable for final planting into a large pot or outside in warmer countries.
Classification:Half hardy bulb, Half hardy perennial