How very interesting, this is why I mentioned dry or dryish summers. Here the plants go dormant in early summer quite rapidly and foliage dries out well among other plants. Their active season is in late autumn, winter and spring. Leaves are pretty stiff. Looks like a greyish compact Kniphofia. Wish it would set seed like Jane mentions it does with her. Again, it can not be compared to messy looking bulbs as it has nothing of a bulb, some buds attached to swollen roots, somehow like some Hemerocallis. It dries off like a Kniphofia.