This impressive large bulb in the lily family produces 3-foot purple stems with bell-shaped flowers hanging down beneath a topknot of green leaves. The flowers are orange with faint purple streaks. The straight species is native to high mountain ranges from Turkey to northwest India, where it is subject to drought most of the year, but subject moist soil in late winter to early spring when the snow melts. Plant this cultivar in full sun, in very well-drained soil. This is a great selection if deer and rabbits are a problem because the bulbs produce a skunk-like odor that repels them.
March - April, May - June