Geissorhiza splendidissima, also called bokkeveld pride is s cormous perennial with blue-violet flowers and a small greenish centre surrounded by black marks with reddish-brown anthers. Geissorhiza is a Greek-derived word, geisson meaning title and rhiza meaning roots. A winter-growing geophyte, it can be grown in pots to transform a dull courtyard, or the pots can be sunk into the ground in garden beds. Seed can also be broadcast in a secluded bed or rockery and will provide a carpet of lavender blue in the spring. Seeds are best sown in a mix of 3 parts river sand to 1 part fine, acid compost or finely milled pine bark. An acid medium is recommended, one that is well drained and will dry out completely in the hot summer months.