|F. raddeana is a robust perennial with whorled or alternate, lance-shaped leaves, with a lustrous, pale green color. Each stalk may bear umbels of 5 or 6, occasionally to 20, broadly, bell-shaped, nodding, greenish-cream or pale yellow flowers, up to 2 1/2 inches long, crowned with a tuft of 10 to 20 leaf-like bracts. Native to N.E. Iran, Turkmenistan.
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.