Lapeirousia pyramidalis subsp. regalis has unusual flower colours: purple upper petals with bright magenta and white markings on the three lower ones. There are differently coloured varieties of L. pyramidalis from the Little Karoo to Namaqualand. How widely the subspecies in picture is distributed beyond Matjiesfontein in the Karoo where this picture was taken, is not known.
The leaves of L. pyramidalis are longitudinally ribbed. The derivation of the name is from the pyramid shape formed by the bracts subtending the flowers in the spike, the inflorescence. Each flower has a long cylindrical tube. The colourful petal lobes add to the spring flower festivities of this otherwise grey and parched environment (www.pacificbulbsociety.org).