A small group of bulbous perennials, which can flower as early as mid winter, through to mid spring. Very suitable for growing in pots, or as early colour amongst dormant perennials, or under and around shrubs. A good variety of colours are available and as a bonus the flowers can produce a lovely sweet scent. A couple of stand out performers are I. 'Alberto Castillo', with super tidy foliage and large, pure white flowers and the intense blue flowers of I. 'Jessie'.