A large subrhizomatous bulb with yellowish-white scales; grows very deep in the soil. The undulate, shiny, and oblong-shaped leaves grow in whorls along the stem. Large, showy flowers (golden-orange with dark red or maroon splotches and orange to brown stamens) emerge late spring on stout stems, growing up to 8-feet tall. Summer-deciduous, dying back after flowering mid- to late summer, and it should be allowed to go dry at that time. In winter it will do well with minimal supplemental water unless it is an especially dry winter. Grows at elevations from 2,000 feet to 3,900 feet. Full to part-sun. Tolerates low, medium and high water.
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