Ledebouria petiolata

A low-growing groundcover with attractive spotted leaves.
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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.2m x 0.1m
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Formerly known as Drimiopsis maculata, this deciduous bulb is an attractive groundcover.  It is shade-loving,  hardy and has beautifully spotted leaves which are the attraction of this plant.  It  produces tiny white flowers borne on a long stalk.  The flowers are pollinated by a moth at night.

It is attractive when planted en masse in a shady position.  It will tolerate a little direct sunlight in the morning.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts pollinating insects.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forest understorey.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
Do not disturb the bulbs to allow the plant to spread by sprouting additional shoots.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
It is an attractive garden and container subject for deep shade. It even thrives in those dark dry areas under trees. It is a useful plant to attract butterflies.

FLOWERS:
The flower stalk reaches 300 mm tall, bearing a tight cluster of small, scented white flowers which turn pale green on opening.

FOLIAGE:
The spotted leaves are borne on slender stalks, often with wavy margins, glossy, mid to dark green, depending on the amount of light. Size: 75–120 mm long and ±45 mm wide

CULTIVATION:
Propagate by lifting and splitting clumps.

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