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Leopard lily

Ledebrouchia petiolata

Little White Soldiers (Eng.), Luiperdlelie (Afr.)

A bulb with pretty green leaves and black spots appearing when light intensity is high enough. Tough fleshy bulbs allow to survive dry times, or go dormant for awhile. Leopard lilies flourish when they are well-watered in a shady spot with high light available, making them good indoor or office plants too.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Not usually harvested.

Propagation

Division
Divide and split the groups of bulbs and replant.
Bulbs
Bulbs multiply over time to give rise to more bulbs.

Special features

Attractive leaves
Green leaves grow from a bulb and have dark spots when light intensity is high enough. It can lose the leaves in stressful times like drought or severe cold.

Geography

Origin
Africa, East coast from Tanzania to South Africa.
Natural climate
Coastal tropical to temperate areas.

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Bulbs steeped in warm water is used as enema for kids in traditional medicine.

Personality

Family
Hyacinthaceae
Flower colour
White opening to green
Scent
None

Problems

Slugs love the juicy leaves.
Slugs
Slugs

Companion plants

The plants grows happily in forests and thus trees are great companions.

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