This Little Karoo perennial grows annually from a durable corm whilst the above ground parts die down in the resting season. It flowers during late spring and early summer (Jan Vlok, Klein Karoo Buzz. Veld & Flora, March 2009, pp. 24-25). It is also found in the southern Cape coastal winter rainfall areas where it grows on sandstone and clayish slopes. The flowers may also be cream or pale lilac instead of the common white form.