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PlantFiles: Ledebouria, Squill
Ledebouria crispa

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Ledebouria (le-de-BOR-ree-a) (Info)
Species: crispa (KRISP-uh) (Info)

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Porphyrostachys On Jun 17, 2010, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Such a tiny little bulb that can easily be overlooked, but I find growing it to be rather fun and can't help having an "aww" moment every time I gaze upon its dainty flowers.
This is a 2008 introduction from the Huntington's ISI Program. The plants are quite dwarf in all habits from their wavy "crispy" leaves, to the flowers with their green/white veins and purple stamens, which makes it a good pot plant. You just have to remember not to throw the pot away when it vanishes in the winter as this is a summer growing bulb.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mesa, Arizona

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