Hurray! Finally!!! we get to Veltheimia. Can you quess it's one of my favorites? In addition to Hippeastrum, Veltheimia are definitely on the "must" list... must have, must grow, and so wonderful everyone must know about them... I happen to enjoy other members of Hyacinthaceae too; Ledebouria, Bowiea, etc.... but this is about Veltheimia. Yes? One of the finest plants, I agree with Hardman, if only the leaves grew, it would still be an asset to indoor horticulture. BUT IT BLOOMS. This is one of the few easy plants to grow and provides satisfying flowers at a tiem of year we all need color in our lives. I spoke with a grower a few years back and he said it was never going to be a good cut flower because the public wants vibrant color. With the recent crosses, and deeper color saturation, I believe that soon this plant could easily enter the cut flower market with new life. Easily grown from seed, this geophyte can bloom within three years from sowing. I had to stop myself from wholesale propagation due to lack of space. Having nearly 100 plants of Veltheimia alone, one must (there's that word again) control one's self... Yeah whatever... I've never been good at self control when it comes to plants. While I have yet to see a good yellow - primrose yellow, without green... the color range is lovely. From a soft apple blossom pink to deep, dusky rose red, the single species alone provide great variation. (As we can see, a single species of Galanthus can cause quite a stir...) As the TOW intro suggested, provided with ample drainage, this plant grows and blooms with alacrity. If only they all were so agreeable to cultivation... In praise of Veltheimia, Michael Loos Honest Earth Consultation in Cleveland... where it's an "all skate"