|F. pontica is a perennial with opposite or subopposite, lance-shaped to ovate lance-shaped, glaucous, gray-green leaves. The highest leaves are in a whorl of 3 above the flowers. Each stalk bears one, sometimes paired, broadly, bell-shaped, pendant pale green flowers, 1 3/4 inches long, stained deep maroon at the base of the petal. Native to N.W.Turkey and N. Greece.
The large, skunky-smelling bulb is rodent-repellent, and is very succeptible to bulb rot if improperly stored. For best results, plant bulb on its side, at a depth 4 times the diameter of the bulb. Water moderately while in growth, but reduce to almost dry when bulb is dormant. For container plants, repot yearly in fresh soil.
Second year and older plants should be fertilized monthly with half strength fertilizer.