Eriospermum crispum is endemic to the arid Little Karoo where it occurs sporadically growing in between ferri-crete pebbles in apronveld. This rare species only occurs in the areas between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp.
A single wavy gray-green erect leaf is produced in winter.
The flowers are creamy white with a single green line and the raceme is less then 20 cm tall.
The cultivation of Eriospermum crispum is similar to others in the genus. The tuber should be planted about one or 2 cm below the soil surface. The resting period is in summer when watering should be done sparingly. A well drained soil is recommended.
Propagation is by sowing the white cotton-like seeds or making cuttings from the tuber.
Eriospermum crispum near Oudtshoorn.
Vlok,J and A. Plants of the Klein Karoo. Hatfield: Umdaus Press, 2010.