This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by
Robert Brown in
1810. It is found
in western New South Wales, north-western Victoria and in South
Australia, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some to lots of sun. The bulb can grow to two or
even up to six
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 centimetres in
height, 50 with the inflorescence. The
flowers are pink to purple.
The leaves forms during winter
while the inflorescence with the six to ten flowers are found in the
The name Calostemma
originates from the Greek: kalos meaning beautiful, and stemma,
crown. purpureum is from Latin: purple.