Spiloxene are an interesting bulb native to South Africa, the flowers will open only on sunny afternoons so they really do need sun. Large flowers on tall stems in spring these bulbs grow well in a Mediterranean climate.
Look for Spiloxene capensis (see image right) is perhaps the most widely grown flowers are open with six petals, ranging from white through to pink mostly with contrasting darker centre.
Spiloxene serrata with its white to yellow flowers is attractive and S. minuta is a dwarf species very rare in cultivation.
S. aquatica lives up to its name and requires very damp conditions
Not easily found in Australian Retail Nurseries, look for them in Mail Order Bulb Nurseries and Specialist Nurseries
Easy care, they require a dry summer after flowering, they do prefer a moist to damp humus rich from autumn. Plenty of sun. They can successfully be grown in a container given the right conditions.
Available for sale from the following growers
400 Huon Rd South Hobart TAS 7004
Cool climate bulbs for the collector and the gardener. Wide range of crocus, cyclamen, galanthus and fritillaria in Australia