PlantsLedebouria→Silver Squill (Ledebouria socialis)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Ledebouria socialis Accepted
Scilla violacea Synonym
Scilla socialis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
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
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
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

blooming so heavily the foliage is nearly obscured

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Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Sep 9, 2016 11:51 AM

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.

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Posted by DomehomeDee (Arroyo Grande, CA - Zone 9a) on May 15, 2016 4:55 PM

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.

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Posted by SunnyBorders (Aurora, Ontario - Zone 5b) on Mar 11, 2018 6:34 PM

See comments (Aug 29, 2009) and (June 13, 2012) for poisonings in cat:

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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)
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