Lapeirousia jacquinii, the pers cabong (purple cabong), is a small, cormous perennial. The corm is bell-shaped with a woody coat. The common name of cabong, associated with several Lapeirousia species, is derived from the name early tribes gave these plants.
The flowers of L. jacquinii grow in a spike in late winter to early spring. This specimen, found flowering near Clanwilliam in August, has blue flowers and not the expected dark purple ones. The corolla has a long, slender tube at the base where the tepals are joined and striped dark and pale blue. The corolla opens in two-lipped shape, the lower tepals positioned closely together are streaked with dark blue and white. The upper tepal is larger than the others (Manning, 2007; iSpot; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; www.pacificbulbsociety.org).