Onion grass

Romulea rosea

Small herb; corm globose; aerial stem absent.

Leaves several, basal, 8–40 cm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, compressed, grooved, tough.

Scapes 2–5, 3–12 cm long; outer bract narrow-triangular, 10–15 mm long, herbaceous; inner bract slightly shorter, herbaceous with wide scarious margins, often finely brown-striate. Perianth tube 2–4 mm long, yellow; lobes elliptic, acute, 10–18 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, pale to bright pink, rarely white; outer tepals dark-striped or greenish outside. Style 7–9 mm long; stigmas exceeded by anthers.

Capsule cylindrical, c. 1 cm long, on decurved scapes that straighten at maturity.