This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
A genus of dwarf bulbous plants mostly flowering in Autumn, before or with the growth of the leaves. Scape one - flowered. Perianth funnel-shaped, with a regular 6-parted limb. Stamens inserted at the summit of the tube. Named after Count Sternberg, a German botanist.
1. S. Iutea (fig. 234), syn. Amaryllis lutea. - This is a valu-able little plant for Autumn decoration. It is very hardy, and this, coupled with its bright yellow flowers, is sufficient recommendation for a late-flowering plant. The flowers appear with the leaves in September and October. Southwest of Europe.
S. colchiciflora, a native of Hungary, has a shorter scape, and the flowers are produced before the leaves. Crlnum Capense, syn. C. longifdlium, is a fine hardy South
Fig. 234. Sternbergia lutea. (1/4 nat. size.)
African bulbous herb with long linear leaves and an umbellate flower-scape 2 to 3 feet high. Flowers large, fragrant, white tinged with rose, remarkable for their very long slender tube.