Description Plants 20-40cm high. Corm obliquely flattened below, tunics overlapping, the margins fringed, serrated or toothed. Leaves short, linear, fleshy. Flowers nodding on recurved tubes, the tepals reflexed (curled back), white to cream, outer tepals red to brown on the outside, opening in evening, sometimes after sunset, sweetly scented. Perianth tube curved in the upper third, 10-18mm long. Bracts green or submembranous, often almost overlapping, the margins united in the lower half around the spike axis.
From Greek : hesperos, evening; anthos, flower = flowers of many species open towards evening.