Silver Squill or Ledebouria Socialis [Le-de-BOR-ree-a So-KEE-ah-liss] plants are geophytic succulents from the subfamily of Hyacinthaceae. This species of perennial bulbous plants are native to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
This small, attractive bulbous plant is the favorite among the genus Ledebouria, grown by collectors of unusual and rare plants, as well as enthusiasts of pot plants and bulb lovers.
The synonyms of this plant include:
- Ledebouria Violacea
- Scilla Violacea
- Scilla Socialis
- Scilla Paucifolia
- Scilla Laxa
The common names for Ledebouria Socialis include:
- Silver Squill
- Wood Hyacinth
- Leopard Lily
- South African Scilla
- Violet Squill
- Wood Hyacinth
Ledebouria Socialis Silver Squill Plant Care
Quick Scilla Violacea Care Tips
The thick, slender olive-green leaves are attractively spotted and splotched with pewter, and lined with wine underneath. In winter it sends up spikes of small aqua-tinted white flowers on delicate stems. It swells at the base, to make a bulb. It does not die down and go dormant as our garden lilies and scillas do.
This is an easy plant to grow and to find room for. It’s a true dwarf, seldom tops six inches except for the dainty flowers. Ordinary house plant culture is adequate temperature 50° to 60° degrees. Some sun but not the hottest, porous soil kept moist but not too wet, except that it should have humid air so its leaves won’t brown on the edges.
Size & Growth
The Ledebouria Socialis ‘Violacea’ grows as tall as 10” inches long with bulbs resembling teardrop shape and requires minimal care.
The leaves are lance-shaped in gray-purple to light olive-green shade and mottled with dark green blotchesand lined with wine underneath.
Flowering and Fragrance
During the summer and spring season, the silver squill plant sprouts long thick clusters of 20 to 25 flowers above the leaves.
These petals of these flowers are greenish with white marks, and purplish stamens.
Light & Temperature
For optimal growth, place the silver squill in a location in partial shade where it enjoys bright light for about three to four hours during the day. A south window is perfect.
When the silver squill is actively growing, room temperatures work well when used as a houseplant.
The outdoor plants are able to tolerate temperature as low as 30° degrees Fahrenheit (-1° C) in the winter season.
When growing outside, the ambient temperatures during the active growth period of spring and summer season must be around 60° degrees Fahrenheit (15° C).
The USDA hardiness zones of this plant are 10a – 11b.
Watering and Feeding
Water this plant moderately throughout its active growth period. Let the top of the potting mixture completely dry out between watering.
During dormancy, water these plants merely to avoid the potting mix from drying out.
Feed this plant once every month using a liquid fertilizer throughout the growth period.
Soil & Transplanting
Silver squill thrives in well-drained soil, rich with nutrients. It grows well in different types of soil as long as the potting mixture provides good drainage.
The majority of bulbous plants start rotting when left in a high amount of moisture for a prolonged time.
Grooming and Maintenance
The Wood Hyacinth is mostly grown as a houseplant and needs minimal care. Although throughout the winter season this plant is in dormancy, its leaves are still decorative.
In extremely cold weather, move outdoor plants inside.
How To Propagate Leopard Lily
The propagation of this plant is done using bulbs or tubers.
- Separate the bulbs and plant individually.
- The ideal propagation method is through seeds, to stimulate its variability and select unique color forms.
- Seeds must be planted immediately in a potting mixture during the spring or summer season.
- Firmly sow the seeds in the mixture and lightly cover.
- Place in a warm location under a bright light.
- Keep it damp during the germination period, which typically lasts for three weeks.
- Water regularly until the plant emerges, but transfer it to its permanent place once the plant is large enough handle.
Ledebouria Squill Pest or Diseases
A little plant the silver squill doesn’t experience any severe disease or pest problems.
However, be on a lookout for spider mites, slugs, snails, and aphids.
These pests must be removed with light shaking of the plant or sprayed with light insecticide if the pests aren’t easily shaken off.
Overwatering silver squill will result in roots rotting.
Water only when the potting mixture dries out completely.
Is The Plant Toxic Or Poisonous?
The Sliver Squill is highly toxic to pets. Since it seems somewhat grass-like, cats might try to consume it.
The plant includes toxins which might lead to renal failure, which may prove fatal for cats.
Therefore, grow the silver squill plant in a hanging container where your pets are unable to reach it or in a room where your pets are not allowed.
Silver Squill Uses
This plant works as an indoor houseplant and looks excellent on a window sill where it enjoys the full sun.
It goes with other indoor plants. It may also be grown outside in areas where there isn’t any danger of frost.
Being drought-tolerant, it looks great in xeriscape gardens. This plant also makes an excellent ground cover in the warmer regions.