This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol2", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
Bulbs of this lovely South African plant are offered for sale every year, and are common enough to find their way on to the costermongers' barrows in Farring-don Street. The beautiful rosy bell-shaped flowers appear in August and September, after the broad strap-shaped leaves have died down. The best variety is the Kew one, which has many more flowers than the type (fig. 182). There is a new kind called Parkeri, with a white-flowered variety.