|F. korolkowia sewerzowii is a variable perennial with mostly alternate, broadly lance-shaped, gray-green leaves on thick stems. The flowers are borne on racemes, up to 12 narrow, bell-shaped, greenish-yellow to vivid purple flowers, up to 1 1/2 inches long, with yellow to brick-red at the base and within. The flowers are flared at the mouth and stained purple at the throat. Native of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and N.W. China.
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.