Ledebouria socialis is native to South Africa. It is a small plant reaching only 6 inches (15 cm) in height. The plants arise from small reddish bulbs with strap-like leaves that are silver-gray with dark green splotches. It is a very attractive plant in containers and is easy to culture.
Blooming Time: In winter in the greenhouse, it blooms with very small, greenish-white flowers.
Culture: Ledebouria socialis need full sun to partial shade with a well-drained soil mix. We use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts sand or perlite. The plants are allowed to dry thoroughly in between waterings. Plants are fertilized on a monthly basis with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. They are very vigorous growers and should be repotted often.
Propagation: Ledebouria socialis are propagated by division at any time of the year.
Ledebouria socialis was featured as Plant of the Week January 17-23, 2003.
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