The genus Ledebouria is named after Carl Friedrich van Ledebour (1785-1851) German botanist and professor of botany at Dorpat.

Native across sub-Saharan Africa, with a few species in Madagascar and India. There are approximately 90 species in all.

This wonderful, attractive, small but hardy, previously known as Drimiopsis maculata, is tolerant of neglect and fairly easy to grow, which makes for a sought after garden and pot plant.

It reaches heights of 100-350mm and spreads rapidly.

A bulb forming perennial herb with variously spotted, textured, coloured leaves. Flower clusters vary in colour from bright lilac to deep pink or purple, green or yellowish green and exhibit a central green stripe down each petal.


They grow best in partial shade with a well drained soil mix, does well as a container plant, ground cover, filler, and in shady rock gardens.


Allow the soil to dry out between watering.


The best and most common way of propagating, is by division of bulbs or offshoots. These offshoots should be divided every two to three years during the growing season and further grown in containers or directly in the ground in a medium of 60% sand, 20% bark, 10% rotted compost and 10% fine pebbles.


The only problematic pests are slugs and snails.

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