Plant ID forum: African Hosta (Drimiopsis maculata); grows from bulb and multiplies

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 23, 2012 10:35 AM CST
I gave some of these away at a mtg. without tags. i thought it was scilla or squill, but I'm not sure now. I know it's an easy one to ID, but I can't find my tag and am having brain freeze.


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DEMinPA
Mar 23, 2012 11:44 AM CST

Is it a dogtooth violet or trout lily?

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 23, 2012 12:17 PM CST
I don't think so, but I don't have a better answer.

Here's a close up of the bulb. They die back in winter, but come up again in early spring




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JRsbugs
Mar 23, 2012 1:43 PM CST
It could be Lachenalia but I would prefer to see the flower open.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 23, 2012 2:02 PM CST
The flowers are fairly insignificant. I entered it in a flower show once. I'll try to find the tag. Thanks for trying!
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gingin
Mar 23, 2012 2:26 PM CST
Reminds me of silver squill...ledebouria socialis. Your leaves, however, seem wider then the leaves on mine. I posted some pics in the DB
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 23, 2012 2:33 PM CST
I have a silver squill, but the leaves are narrow compared to this one.
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DEMinPA
Mar 23, 2012 2:40 PM CST

I looked at your other pics. When I saw the bulbs sticking out , I knew what it was because I have a pot of them. (They are dormant now)

drimiopsis maculata (African hosta)

Don

Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 23, 2012 3:13 PM CST
You are right! I think I ID'd it as a scilla for the plant show and it was accepted. I looked it up and it's certainly the same as the photos online. Thanks so much. I had no idea they could be planted in the ground here. I'm going to stick some under my oak tree tomorrow.

Appreciate everyone's help on this ID

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