|F. messanensis is a perennial with opposite linear, mid-green leaves. The flowers are borne on stalks. Each stalk bears 1 to 3, broadly, bell-shaped, pendant, 1 1/2 inches long, green flowers, checkered with purplish-brown at the margins and a whorl of 3 narrow leaves beneath. Native to C. Mediterranean. 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.