Perennial herb to about 2 m. Stems grey-green to reddish-purple, spotted, rough hairy; stem roots present; bulbils absent. Leaves cauline (basal stem leafless), alternate, linear, hairless, margin and veins rough. Inflorescence 1-25 flowered. Flowers trumpet-shaped, spreading, tips recurved, fragrant; summer.Tepals to 20 x 3 cm long, pinkish-purple outside, white inside flushed yellow basally, unspotted. Nectary yellowish, without hairs or warts. Anthers yellow; pollen yellow.
Grown as an ornamental flowering bulb in sun or partial shade on well-drained rich soil.
ALBUM GROUP Pure white flowers with orange anthers.
Source: (2005). Liliaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.