Lapeirousia is a genus of about 40 species from sub-Saharan Africa. They are small dainty plants with bright showy flowers, some are even scented. I only have a small collection, but I am growing more as space allows, and, as usual, I have become quite captivated by them. This is a common affliction I suffer from, in the fall I was stricken with Crocus fever when my tiny collection of fall blooming Crocus came into bloom. I keep extending my greenhouses, or having new ones built, so I currently have a little more room than in the past, so I can indulge myself somewhat. The one pictured above is Lapeirousia oreogena, a favorite.
The genus was named after the botanist Philippe-Isidore Picotde Lapeyrouse, explaining the rather cumbersome name. The plants grow from a small corm and the ones I grow are rarely more than 10cm tall, usually smaller, but they usually bloom prolifically and would be very suitable for a small greenhouse or sun porch. They could probably be grown in the ground in suitable climates, but I think would be better appreciated as a container plant. Above is Lapeirousia jacquinii, pictured below is Lapeirousia silenoides.