This beautiful dainty bulb comes from Mexico and is related to our own Brodiaeas, belonging to the Family Themidaceae. It grows in similar conditions, and comes in a variety of colors, the most commonly available one being a bright orangey red with inner cream markings.
Some years ago a kind person sent me some wild collected seed and said there had been different colors in the collection. Most turned out to be purple, but one is a beautiful fuchsia pink. The pink one has white inner markings.
There are, apparently, other colors, including a pure white one, and I would dearly love that one.
Bessera are not difficult to grow, the only problem is acquiring them. They grow in the summer and bloom late in the season. They are blooming now, having started sending up their beautiful flowers in September and will be dormant by the end of November. They must be kept absolutely dry during their dormancy or they will rot, and I grow them in a fast draining mixture of potting soil and pumice. They set seed readily, but are slow to bloom from seed, taking at least four years or more. They are well worth the trouble.