Sword Lilies grow from corms, from which they produce sword-like leaves and upright spires of trumpet-shaped flowers, which can be found in almost every colour. They make good cut flowers and there are many modern, large-flowered hybrids bred for this purpose.
There are almost 300 species, which are native predominately to South Africa, but also found in other areas of Africa, as well as the Mediterranean and Asia.
They do best in full sun, with fertile, humus-rich, but free-draining soil. Waterlogged soil in winter will not be tolerated. The taller exhibition varieties may need staking.