A sun-loving plant with sword-shaped leaves and clusters of drooping red-tinged yellow blossoms that is at its best in spring if bulbs are planted in November.
Use a pot 2 inches larger than the bulb, and a mix of garden loam, peatmoss or leafmold, and sand. Water thoroughly, then hold back on water until top growth is evident. Increase moisture and keep well watered until flowering ceases and foliage dies back. Dry off completely.
In September or October, repot or scrape off the top inch or two of soil and replace with fresh soil; start into growth again. Feed every 4 to 6 weeks with liquid fertilizer.