Perennial herb, leaves and flowers annual; corm globose, with outer layers fibrous. Leaves 5–10, mostly basal, linear to narrowly ovate, flat, soft, with prominent veins; apex acute. Inflorescence with scape unbranched or few-branched, with up to 2 cauline leaves; flowers distichously arranged or arranged on one side of a flexuose axis, lax, few-flowered; primary bracts jagged as if torn, dry and membranous, brown-streaked. Flowers erect, actinomorphic or slightly zygomorphic; perianth tube straight, funnel-shaped, lobes erect to spreading, equal, longer than tube; stamens symmetrically or asymmetrically arranged around the style, anthers basifixed; style 3-branched, each branch thread-like or cuneate, entire. Capsule obloid, thin-walled; seeds numerous, globose, smooth. Bulbils often produced in leaf axils after flowering.
6 species, in south-western Cape Province, South Africa. Several species and their hybrids are cultivated. Two species are naturalised in Australia and Victoria.