Ledebouria socialis-Silver or Violet Squill, Etc.

Ledebouria socialis when it arrived on 10-13-18, #520-1.

Violet Squill, Leopard Lily, South African Scilla, Bluebell, Silver Squill, and Wood Hyacinth

Ledebouria socialis

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Scilla socialis

Ledebouria socialis (Baker) Jessop is the correct and accepted name for this species of Ledebouria. It was named and described as such by John Peter Jessop in Journal of South African Botany in 1970. It was first named Scilla socialis by John Gilbert Baker in Memoirs of the Botanical Survey of South Africa in Bulletin du Musee de Georgie in 1908.

The genus, Ledebouria Roth, was named and described by Albrecht Wilhelm Roth in Novae Plantarum Species Praesertim Indiae Orientalis in 1811. According to Plants of the World Online by Kew, the genus Ledebouria contains 59 accepted species (as of when I am making this page on February 20, 2019).


Ledebouria socialis bulbs on 10-13-18, #520-2.

I bought two plants from a member of the Facebook Group called Succulent Marketplace in October 2018. She said one of them was Ledebouria scilla paucifolia and the other was Ledebouria socialis violaceae ‘Silver Squill’. Through research, I found out they were Ledebouria socialis and Ledebouria socialis ‘Violacea’. 

Ledebouria socialis have light silvery-green leaves with small darker green spots. Ledebouria socialis ‘Violacea’ have light silvery green leaves with larger green spots and the underside of the leaves are maroon

Ledebouria species are native to Southern Africa. Common names include Violet Squill, Leopard Lily, South African Scilla, Bluebell, Silver Squill, and Wood Hyacinth.


Ledebouria socialis in its new pot on 10-13-18, #520-3.

Family: Asparagaceae (formerly in Hyacinthaceae)
Origin: South Africa
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11 (30-40° F)
Size: Around 6” tall
Light: Light shade to shade
Soil: Well-drained potting soil.
Water: Needs regular watering during the growing period but soil needs to dry between watering. Needs the soil to be dry during the winter.

SOIL AND WATER: Ledebouria socialis should be planted with at least 2/3 of their bulbs exposed in a rich, well-draining potting mix. They should be watered thoroughly during the growing period but the soil needs to dry between watering. 

LIGHT: The Pacific Bulb Society says Ledebouria needs filtered light and never in full sun. Llifle (Encyclopedia of Living Forms) says full sun to semi-shade but adapts to shade.

WINTER DORMANCY: The Pacific Bulb Society says Ledebouria need to have a dry winter dormancy. They say (in many varieties) “a wet winter dormancy causes the plants to continue growing without replacing old leaves. When spring and summer comes, the plant does not put out a new flush and will not flower.”


Ledebouria socialis on 2-17-19, #548-2.

Well, I am a Ledebouria newbie so I we are in an experimental period. I received my plants in October and did not water them at all until February 16 because the leaves were beginning to wilt. I also moved them to another room although they were fine where they had been where it was much cooler. 

According to information I have read, the Ledebouria socialis is very easy to grow and favored by cactus and succulent enthusiasts. 

So, we shall se what happens. I will continue adding more photos and experience as time goes by.

To view the page about the Ledebouria socialis ‘Violacea’ click HERE.

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