Hoop Petticoats are loved by all for their beautiful form, but few realize the success this variety will offer. The form looks like an antebellum hoop petticoatthe cup is large and bell shaped and often faces down with the top of the bloom narrowing into what would be compared to the waist of an antebellum dress. The petals are narrow and pointed radiating from the base of the bloom.
is a native of the Mediterranean, where it was found in gritty soils. It is a favorite bulb amongst rock garden societies because if its delicate form, beautiful flowers, and ability to grow in the rocky soils. We grow some in the field, but they are small and hard to find in the rows, and we have greatly enjoyed the ones grown in the crates closer to our barn. The crates almost become bricks in the summer time, but are almost golden bricks that are alive and well when the bulbs bloom in mid-March.