Rhodophiala bifida is also known as the Schoolhouse Lily
because the timing of its bloom coincides with the start of the school year.
This small amaryllis look-alike blooms atop one-foot stems. Flowering is triggered by rains in late summer or early fall. Strap-like foliage emerges after the blooms fade and remains all winter. The foliage then dies down as the heat kicks up the following summer or late spring (April/May).
The deep blood red color of the blooms is how they received their other common name, Oxblood Lily. I also have a pink variety, but unfortunately I missed the opportunity to get a picture this year.
I like to plant them among 'Katie's' Ruellia (Dwarf Mexican Petunia). Even though the Oxblood Lilies are short, they are tall enough to rise above the Ruellia. And when the Ruellia dies down after a hard freeze, the evergreen foliage of the Oxblood Lily remains.
You won't have to hit the books and study hard to grow this little lily. Just pop it in the ground and forget about it. If you're looking for an easy bulb to brighten your late summer garden, this one makes the grade. In fact, I think I'd give it an A+.