Comes from the Cape Province, South Africa. Introduced to Europe in 1757. They were named 'baboon flowers' because the wild baboons were seen digging up the corms and eating them. They were also on the diet of the indigenous people.
Plant in small groups of 10-15 bulbs for best effect. Babiana require fast draining soil. In the deep south, where they will overwinter in the garden, do not water after flowering when the leaves turn brown: let the plants go dormant for about two months before resuming watering for next year's growth cycle.