A vigorous herbaceous bulbous perennial which rises in early spring, the leaves first, followed quickly by the flowers. The leaves are large and strap shaped, pale glossy green and marbled with either paler green or brown. Flowers are a creamy-white with a strong rusty-red ring in the centre and held on rigid stems with up to four per stem. Each stem is up to 30 cms high although very occasionally it can reach 35 cms. Flower petals are slightly reflexed.