Richly scented lily-like flowers of unusual character. Two-foot stems support four or five pure white fringed, cup-shaped blossoms with green striped throat, each surrounded by five slender curving petals. Foliage is dark green, sword shaped. Plant bulbs in spring in mix of equal parts soil, sand, peatmoss or manure. Water well once, then sparingly until growth is well established.
Increase watering until after blooming, which usually occurs in early summer. Keep foliage growing after blooming. Gradually withhold water starting in September. Dry off bulbs and store in a cool dry place until spring. If proper care is given, bulbs may be grown for several years.
H. calathina sulphurea, also called 'Sulphur Queen', is primrose yellow with deep yellow-and-green striped throat.