Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

A friend gave me this plant but doesn't know the name. She said it was a bulb, but I didn't dig any out of the pot to check. The leaves are thick and sort of like a succulent and they look like leopard spots on them. I believe she said it got white flowers on it, but I'm not sure (she gave me a bunch of stuff and now I'm getting them confused).

Anyone know what this is?

Thanks
Onalee

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Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

I probably should also say it is not very tall, maybe each leaf is 6" tall.

thanks,
Onalee

Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

Silver Squill, Violet Squill
Ledebouria socialis
??
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/2117/index.html

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

Hi Shelley, that does look like it; I didn't notice purple on the underside of the leaves, but I'll have to go look at it again and see.

Thanks much!

Onalee

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

Hi all,
I'd like to open this one back up. The plants I have are not purple on the undersides of the leaves - so I'm still at a loss as to what they are. Here are a couple of pictures of the bulbs - the bulbs are white, they are growing quite deep in the soil, don't seem to mind being wet. The undersides of the leaves are green.

Any thoughts?

thanks,
Onalee

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Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

here's a close up of the bulb . . .

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Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

I think it is some type of Ledebouria - but maybe not L. socialis, which typically has bulbs above the surface that are rather "pointy". I have two other Ledebourias, L. cooperi and L. 'Gary Hammer', that have bulbs that grow below the soil... but yours doesn't look like either of those. There doesn't seem to be a lot of detailed information on this genus online so it may be difficult to get an exact ID. Maybe you'll get lucky and find an expert on S. African bulbs.

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks Tom - I'll keep searching online, too and see if I can find anything that looks like these.

Onalee

(Zone 1)

What about this one?

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/161125/

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

Hi plantlady - I had looked at those and both of them have the bulbs growing above the soil line - mine are growing happily well below the soil. Now, I'm not saying they're planted correctly - it's just how they were when I got it and I haven't changed anything, but they seem to be thriving this way.

thanks,
Onalee

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

My plant finally bloomed - I didn't know if this would help get a positive ID on it. . .


thanks,
Onalee

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Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Definitely not S. violacea ~ you might look at Drimia or Drimiopsis...

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

ok, thanks, I'll take a look!

Onalee

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