Sandersonia aurantiaca is an erect, deciduous, summer-growing geophyte. The elegant, lantern-like flowers are borne on long stalks produced in the leaf axils. New growth is produced in spring; the new rootstock and slender aerial stems are produced from a bud at the tip of one of the two old, swollen lobes.
Sandersonia aurantiaca is not an easy plant in cultivation and requires a cool climate. Soil must be fertile but well-drained.