This hardy free-flowering bulbous plant is a native of South Africa and grows to the height of about two and one-half feet. It thrives well in any good garden soil and increases rapidly, its roots spreading freely. It requires little attention beyond getting a plentiful supply of water until the blooming season is over when the water may be gradually withdrawn. It should be taken up and replanted about March in every third year. The roots get so thickly matted together by that time that the ground becomes impoverished, the result being small and imperfect flowers and foliage. The Montbretias make excellent plants for carpeting in groups of young shrubs which still show bare ground between the plants.

Propagate in early Spring by dividing the roots and planting them twelve inches apart in bunches of from three to six bulbs each. Cover them to the depth of half an inch.