A beautiful and large flowering bulb occurs mainly in the coastal areas from the Western Cape. The bulbs are somewhat similar to Brunsvigia josephinae which is known from north of the Outeniqua - and Langeberg mountains in more arid terrain. It differs from Brunsvigia josephinae in that the bulbs are completely underground and the flower petals are larger at the base.
The flowers emerge between February and March during the end of the dormant period when there are no visible leaves on the bulb . The flower-head forms a huge sphere, up to 600 mm in diameter, with between 20 to 80 flowers. These are large, 6-tepalled, pink to red and are soon followed by the 3-sided seed capsules.
The leaves appear from about May, after the flower-head has dried and broken off. (Some parts copied from Pacific Bulb Society website),