This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
This is another somewhat neglected plant, though more frequently met with than either of the preceding. I also saw this at Southgate Park, growing in the same pot with the Zephyr-anthes, as well as in the pots of other Amaryllids. Mr Baines stated he encouraged it to grow in this fashion as much as possible, by saving the seed, and sprinkling it over the surface of the pots. The seed grows readily, and in this somewhat irregular way a good many pretty dull crimson flowers are thus secured to cut from. It is also capable of being cultivated out of doors, and will bloom in borders, or planted in some soil made up of sandy peat. It is a bulbous-rooted plant, with an Ixia-like appearance of growth, and it can be increased by off-sets as well as by seed. R. D.