The foilage on this is beautiful... and at the base of the foilage is what appears to be air filled bubbles... like whats on water hyacinths... but these are purple, with roots at the bottom!? The garden center people couldnt even tell me what it was... other than a perennial succulent?
Crestedchick is spot on with Ledebouria, I think its a Ledebouria socialis syn. Scillia socialis/violacea (sorry can't come up with a common name).
I have this indoors and it has bellflowers just like tiny green bluebells with purple tips to each petal. It likes to be feed every 4 weeks with a high potash fertilizer. The necks of the bulbs must always be above the soil and will do well in a rock garden where the temperature never goes below 45 degrees F (7 C)
Hmmm perhaps a does of healthy neglect is in order.
In their home in South Africa they can be found in open places where the seasons are dry, they don't appreciate humidity. My apartment runs at an average temperature of 60-65 degrees all year round (perhaps 50-55 in the depth of winter). I water mine about once every month (despite my earlier information) and it blooms twice a year, first in April and then in October.
Here in Southern California they do fine outdoors year round, even in the sloggy, cold winters around 30F. They flower so profusely all summer with their not-so-attractive flowers that it detracts from the beauty of the foliage.