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Ledebouria petiolata

Family: Hyacinthaceae (Hyacinth family)

Common names: Spotted-leaved Drimiopsis, Leopard Lily, Little White Soldiers (E); inJobo (Z);

Native to: Southern Africa
Bulb, Groundcover
A low-growing groundcover with attractive spotted leaves.

Ledebouria petiolata

DECIDUOUS

SHADE

FROST SENSITIVE

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.2m x 0.1m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Ledebouria petiolata

DESCRIPTION

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.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Forest understorey.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts pollinating insects.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
Do not disturb the bulbs to allow the plant to spread by sprouting additional shoots.
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.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest, Rockery, Woodland
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
PESTS & DISEASES
Slugs and snails are attracted to the plant and may eat the foliage.
CULTIVATION
Propagate by lifting and splitting clumps.

4 Responses

  1. Hi Diana

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    This is an indigenous plant in South Africa and our winters are not severe in most regions. Most areas here fall under planting zones 9 and 10 for which this plant will safely grow outdoors. In sheltered positions, there may be slightly different conditions, so I’d suggest you experiment with a few bulbs for a season.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. If this a outdoor perennial plant for shade which zones is it grown outside? I am in 8a – will it survive the winters here? I have had it for many years as a houseplant.

  3. Hi

    Yes, they can be planted indoors in a well-draining medium that should be kept moist.

    To my knowledge, they are not susceptible to any pests, so pesticide application should not be required.

    We do not sell plants, however, you should be able to source them from most reputable nurseries.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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