Seven species of bulbous plants closely related to Lilium and Fritillaria from Tibet, China and Burma. They have scaly bulbs and erect leafy stems like those of Lilium, but the flowers are saucer to bowl-shaped.
Splendid plants for the larger rock garden and good in pots in the alpine house though a bit on the tall side. Well drained humus-rich soil is required and plenty of light, but where summers are warm some shade from midday sun is recommended. Setting the bulbs on the north side of a small shrub or largish rock ensures that they stay cool while the flowers get the sun. Bulbs seldom increase into clumps and propagation is best by seed sown in autumn or spring in a cold frame.