Caucasus, north-eastern coast of the Black Sea in Abkhaz and at Tuapse, in oak and beech woods, among bracken and in meadows at heights of 1,000-1,500 feet.
Short, broad-oval bulb, yellow scales, 1 ½ -2 inches, rather strongfurnished with hairs, 2 feet 6 inches-5 feet high (reaches 7-8 feet in cultivation), -rooting, mostly in two whorls, smaller, hairy scattered along upper part of stem. Broad, wide-open, but short, funnel-shaped , petals I£-1£ inches long, -pink. Buds covered with glandular hairs. Dark-purple anthers, brick-red pollen. Flowers between the end of June and July. ripens during mid-September, germinates slowly. Likes sunlight and calcareous soils.