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Author: John Peter Jessop, 1970
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  3 Centimetres
Height:  15 Centimetres
Flower:  White / Green / Purple
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  South African Scilla, Silver Squill
Synonyms:  Scilla socialis Baker.
Scilla violacea
Ledebouria violacea, W.L.Tjaden.
Scilla laxa,
Scilla paucifolia,

This member of the Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by John Peter Jessop in 1970. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The bulb will grow to three centimetres in diameter, the whole plant up to fifteen centimetres height. The flowers are white, purple and green.  

The genera is named after Prof. Dr. Carl F. von Ledebour, 1785-1851, a German-Estonian botanist. The species name from Latin social; for the clustering habit.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.

Photo by Eric Winegar.