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Silver Squill (Ledebouria socialis)
Silver squill has silvery, lance-shaped leaves with green leopard spots and silver spots and purple on the underside. On mature plants, teardrop-shaped bulbs form above the ground. Silver squill has the ability to store moisture in its stems during times of drought. In the spring, it grows small green flowers on pink stems emerge from the rosette-shaped foliage.
Silver squill is toxic to animals.
Silver squill plants are considered particularly easy to care for. They require a winter rest period with reduced watering. Cutting down on the water allows the plant to enter its natural dormancy.
The silver squill needs bright indirect sun for at least three to four hours per day. It is often found growing in closed evergreen woodland that is partially shaded.
Once they’re established, the silver squill requires minimal watering, it is considered to be drought-tolerant, much like succulents. Be sure to allow the top inch of the soil or potting medium to dry out before watering in the warmer months. The plant will be in its rest phase in the winter months, so you should water half as often.
Silver quill will grow best in humus-rich, sandy soil but it also grows in rocky soil. Well-drained soil is essential.
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