This genus, of the Liliaceae, is also called Polemannia, Tricharis, Uropetalum, and Zuccagnia. Liliaceae. There are about 20 species, ranging from southern Europe through Africa and Madagascar to the East Indies. They are all half-hardy in the UK.
The flowers can be white, red, peach or green to yellowish in a simple, sparsely flowered, raceme, with each bloom held on a short pedicels with a little bract at the base.
They require a compost of well-drained, light, sandy loam and humus in the form of leaf mould. They like a dry rest during their dormancy which is either summer or winter depending on the species.