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Author:  William Henry Harvey, 1884
Origin:  Eswatini, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  0,6 Centimetres
Height:  7 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Pale Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Tom Thumb Hyacinth
Synonyms:  Might be: Drimia uniflora, J.C. Manning & Goldblatt, 2000

This member of the Hyacinthaceae family was described by William Henry Harvey in 1884. It is found in southern Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulbs are 1,5 centimetres in diameter, the slim leaves will reach for seven centimetres. The flowers are white to pale pink.

The species name from Greek lithos; 'stone' and Greek anthos; ' flower', because flowers are produced directly from the bulb, which look like a stone. The species name means 'very small'.

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

This is a winter-grower.