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Photo from Zelene Listy. It can have smooth leaves.

Author: Carl Linnaeus Jr. 1781
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  5 (12) Centimetres
Flower:  White  - Pale Purple
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Massonia amygdalina, Baker.
Massonia bolusiae
W.F. Barker.
Massonia concinna,
Massonia huttonii,
Massonia modesta,
Massonia muricata,
Ker Gawl.
Massonia pinsilla,
Masson ex Salisb.
Massonia tenella Sol. ex Baker.
Massonia versicolor,

This member of the Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by the younger Carl Linnaeus in 1781. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to five centimetres, the leaves twelve centimetres long, and they can have pustules like Massonia longipes or even more significantly. The flowers are white to light purple.

The genera name after Francis Masson, 1741-1805, a British horticulturist, collecting in South Africa. The species name means 'prickly' for the leaves.

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