General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Leaves: Variegated
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Terrariums
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: Likely other parts of the plant as well.
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Preferred depth: Shallow
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Common names
  • Silver Squill
  • Violet Squill
  • Wood Hyacinth
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Ledebouria socialis
  • Synonym: Scilla socialis
  • Synonym: Scilla violacea

Photo Gallery
Location: north central Texas
Date: 2015-04-22
blooming so heavily the foliage is nearly obscured
Uploaded by Jai_Ganesha
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-05-19
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2018-04-13
By tabbycat
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-05-06
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2024-05-11
Collage photo
Location: My home, Falls Church, VA
Date: April 3, 2021
Location: My home, Falls Church, VA
Date: April 3, 2021
Uploaded by Plantomaniac08
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-09-19
Uploaded by Traijin
Location: Botanical Garden of the Technical University Delft
Location: My home, Falls Church, VA
Date: April 3 2021
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-07-27
Location: north central Texas
Date: 2014-08-26
An easy care plant.  Honey bees love the blooms which I find pret

Date: 2008-06-07

 Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-06-28
This bulb has produced 3 inflorescences already since being put b
Location: Philadelphia Flower Show
Date: March 2017
Nice pot of foliage -- bet they were hoping it would bloom for th
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2021-04-12
There is also oxalis in the pot
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-07-05

Date: 2012-10-12
An easy to share plant.
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2006-10-07
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-05-28
One bulb is making 2 inflorescences simultaneously.
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-05-06
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas -- Bad Internet right now; If in wrong place, feel free to comment. Photos might jump sometimes
Date: 2022-04-04
Uploaded by orchidgal
Uploaded by Plantomaniac08
Location: Portland Nursery, Portland Or.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-01-28
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2015-01-26
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2007-03-29

Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-10-23
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-07-02

Date: 2014-03-17

Date: 2013-04-06
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-15
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2021-03-07
This small plant produces a pinkish stem covered with small green
Location: Fairfax, Va
Date: 2022-06-21

Date: 2013-05-08
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-07-13
Uploaded by LAGardengirl
Uploaded by Mindy03
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-06-03
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-25
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 9/22/2011
young L. socialis
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2015-01-26
Ledebouria growing in moist, dark rock garden.
Location: My house
Date: 2014-06-18
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-09-08
Uploaded by Plantomaniac08
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-17
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-02-09
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2014-12-07
Plant in the middle is Ledebouria

Date: 2014-03-17
Location: Botanical Garden of the Technical University Delft

Date: 2018-04-18
Set it outside last summer, it grew like crazy. I repoted it and

Date: 2013-05-08
Ledebouria socialis Miner
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-07-13
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Comments:
  • Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Sep 9, 2016 11:51 AM concerning plant:
    I left this plant in a ceramic bowl sitting on a patio table in full sun SC zone 8a for several weeks after repotting it. There were other potted plants obscuring it from my view, so I didn't realize that I'd left it there.To my surprise, it is not only surviving, but also thriving. (I expected to find a melted mush given the summer heat.) The plant looks tender, but it obviously is a very tough plant. I will move it to give it a little reprieve from the hot afternoon sun.
  • Posted by DomehomeDee (Arroyo Grande, CA - Zone 9a) on May 15, 2016 4:55 PM concerning plant:
    I grow these outdoors under trees year-round in zone 9a California. I state California because it's on the dry side here, and although these like to be watered, they don't like wet feet. I used to bring a pot in for winter in case of a freeze, but they get so leggy overwintering inside. I find these will take a light freeze just fine if they are protected under a tree or overhang. A wonderful little plant that multiplies with gusto.
  • Posted by SunnyBorders (Aurora, Ontario - Zone 5b) on Mar 11, 2018 6:34 PM concerning plant:
    See comments (Aug 29, 2009) and (June 13, 2012) for poisonings in cat:
    https://davesgarden.com/guides...
Plant Events from our members
karmatree On November 1, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
I am growing this plant in both 1/2 day full sun with very dry media, and moved some of it to a shady, moist rock garden (shown in my picture I added to the database) and the one in the moist dark rock garden looks healthier than the one in full sun! Would be worth experimenting with. Will put another grower's report in a few months.
skylark On May 4, 2016 Obtained plant
4" pot
MotherMycelium On February 17, 2021 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
dnrevel On May 12, 2024 Obtained plant
Purchased today from Sell Farm & Nursery, a local vendor.
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