Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia-Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth, ETC.

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

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

Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia

le-de-BOR-ree-a  so-KEE-ah-liss  PAW-ki-FOH-lee-uh/PAW-see-FOH-lee-uh


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.

Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia IS NOT an accepted name.

I sorta kinda made it up to distinguish it between the two “varieties” I am growing. The other is Ledebouria socialis var. violacea which you can view by clicking HERE.

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 61 accepted species (as of when I am updating this page on October 29, 2019).


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia 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’. Upon research, I found out they were formerly in the genus Scillia. Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia was formerly Ledebouria pauciflora. The other plant, Ledebouria socialis var. violacea, was formerly Ledebouria socialis ‘Violacea’ and Ledebouria violacea. Now both plants are considered a varieties of Ledebouria socialis.

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 var. paucifolia 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 var. paucifolia 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. 


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia on 5-15-19, #572-10.

As nighttime temps warmed up enough, I moved the potted plants outside for the summer. They are very glad to be outside in the fresh air.


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia leaf on 5-15-19, #572-11.

I really like the spotted leaves.


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia on 6-4-19, #582-15.

The Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia is a bit of a leaner.


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia 6-4-19, #582-16.

New leaf emerging on the Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia.


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia on 6-4-19, #582-17.


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia on 6-4-19, #582-18.

I decided I would straighten the plant up a little and add fresh potting soil on June 4.


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia on 6-16-19, #591-28.

Nice to see a bud on the Ledebouria.


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia on 7-4-19, #598-5.



Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia flowers on 7-4-19, #598-6.

Well, I suppose I have been somewhat slow taking photos of its flowers. They are very small but still pretty neat, huh?


Ledebouria socialis var. pauciflora on 10-11-19, #639-51.


Ledebouria socialis var. paucifolia leaves on 10-11-19, #639-52.

I have more photos to add…

I will continue adding more photos and experiences as time goes by.

To view the page about the Ledebouria socialis var. violacea click HERE.

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