It owns its name due to the thin, numerous thread-like leaf blades and bulb like formation. The blades are fern green with grape violet to castaneous sheaths that are frosted with small, widely dispersed trichomes. The inflorescence is bipinnate with many slender, suberect to spreading spikes. The petals are spreading and aster violet. It is a popular species among collectors. It thrives with other plants close by to add humidity. It likes medium to low light and requires moderate humidity.