A bulbous rooted plant from South Africa and
possessed of considerable charm.
The flowers are funnel-shaped, about two and
a half inches wide across the mouth, scarlet in
colour, and up to nine are borne on a hollow,
fleshy scape, two or three feet high.
There is a white form and one, known as var.
major, with flowers three inches or more across.
Var. minor is smaller in every way than the type;
var. eximea is quite distinct with four-inch flowers
and white feathering at the base of the perianth
The best form is var. magnifica, with exceptionally
brilliant flowers, fully five inches across and
each centred with a white eye.
May be grown out-of-doors in favoured climates
in a light soil at the base of a south wall.
Although in parts of the western counties Vallota
may come through the winter without harm, it is
usually safest to lift and store under glass during
the winter months.
Propagate by means of offsets.
The flowering season is in summer.