|F. assyriaca of gardens, is a perennial with alternate, lance-shaped, glossy, mid-green leaves. Each stem bears singular, sometimes paired, narrow, bell-shaped, pendant, glaucous flowers, 1 inch long, dark brownish-purple outside and tinted yellow within, with deep yellow tips. Native to N. Iraq and W. Iran.
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.