Leopard Lily

Posted by Hannah Brand on Jul 3rd 2023

Leopard Lily

Hey Plant Friends! 

This week we are going to be talking about Ledebouria socialis, more commonly known as Leopard Lily or Silver Squill. This unique plant belongs to the Asparagaceae plant family along with yucca, spider plants, and plumosa ferns and is native to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Leopard Lily is known for its spotted foliage and large bulbs which form at the base of the plant. This plant stays relatively small, only reaching 6-10 inches tall. If you are as interested in South African bulbs this is a great place to start your collection 

Let’s talk about care. Leopard Lily needs bright, indirect light. Find the sunniest spot in your home and grow just a bit out of the intensity of the sun's rays. Direct sun over a long period of time can cause the foliage to burn. Leopard Lily requires minimal watering. The bulbs you see just above the soil are water holding vessels. During the summer months allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry before giving it a good soak. During the winter, hold back on watering as this plant enters dormancy. Allow the soil to dry completely during this time to avoid root rot. Plant Leopard Lily in a sharply drained soil such as the Sol Soils Cactus Gritty Mix. Check for pests each time you water and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment. 

Ledebouria socialis is available in the greenhouse in 4” pots. As always, let us know if you have additional questions. Email hello@tonkadale.com with all your questions! 


Happy Planting!