Ledebouria Pauciflora (Scilla Pauciflora)

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Having plants around is usually attributed to uplifting your physical space, but do you know that planting also has mental and emotional benefits? Having plants, specifically planting your plants, can improve your mental health, focus, and concentration. It is not surprising to know some new plant lovers are looking for a new plant to add to their house plants. This article will discuss Ledebouria pauciflora. We share its origin, features, propagation tips, and care tips. Continue reading and get to know about this very fantastic plant.

ledebouria pauciflora
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Origin and Features

This plant belongs to the Hyacinthaceae Bluebell family. Its name comes from “pauciflora”, meaning “few-flowered”. It is native to South Africa, particularly at the Cape of Good Hope. The plant is also known for its common name, “Green Squill”.

It is a small bulbous perennial. The bulbs are clustering, teardrop-shaped with a glossy surface, and clothes in peeling.

The leaves are fleshy, spreading, oblong-lanceolate, and delicately pale green and spotted on the surface. The leaves can grow up to 5-7cm long and 2-3 cm wide.

Ledebouria Pauciflora bloom during the spring season, and some of its kind bloom during autumn. It produced perianth greenish to purple and white, bell-shaped flowers that grew 6-7 mm long. Ledebouria Pauciflora is a popular choice for a house plant as it is easy to grow and honestly doesn’t need much attention to bloom beautifully.

The best time to plant this perennial is from August to September, from late summer to early autumn. Just a precaution, if ever you decide to this plant, try to plant/ place it in a place away from lounging pets and children as it is toxic.

flowers of ledebouria pauciflora
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Ledebouria Pauciflora Care

#1. Ideal Sunlight and Temperature

This type of plant needs full to partial sunlight to survive. Therefore, in case you don’t have an outdoor space for this plant, you may still place it near the window where it can get some sunlight. It prefers an ambient temperature of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter season, or if you live in a more incredible location, place Ledebouria pauciflora indoors. This type of plant is hardy down to freezing, so best kept in a frost-free place or indoors.

#2. Water and Soil Requirements

Like other succulents, Ledebouria pauciflora is drought-resistant and only needs occasional watering. Water the plant when the topsoil of about 2 inches deep is already dry. You may do this twice a week to ensure that your plant gets enough water.

Choose a humus-rich, well-draining soil mix. It is very crucial to allow water to flow continuously and adequately. Like other plants, make sure that you avoid overwatering to avoid root rot and drowning the plant.

#3. Fertilizer

You may feed fertilizer to this succulent once a month during its growing season only. It is better to dilute the fertilizer with 50% strength soluble house plant food. Don’t feed it during its dormant season.

Propagating Methods For Ledebouria Pauciflora

Propagating Ledebouria Pauciflora by offsets

  • It is best to propagate this plant during autumn to late autumn
  • When the plant is dormant, gently lift the bulbs and remove offsets
  • Make sure that you use a clean knife or scissors in removing the offsets; you may clean your tools by washing them with soap or alcohol
  • Once you have removed the offsets, you may now transfer them to a different pot with proper drainage
  • Make sure to use rich in humus, well-draining soil

Propagating Ledebouria Pauciflora by seeds

  • Although propagation through seeds is possible, it usually takes years for germination
  • Collect the seeds after the Ledebouria pauciflora has bloomed, put them on paper, and let the seeds dry
  • Sow the seeds, wrap them in plastic, and place them in indirect sunlight
  • Keep the soil moist until germination occurs. Then, you may remove the plastic wrap already
  • Once seedlings reach 0.5 inches, remove them and place them in a bigger pot
  • Don’t forget to use a well-draining soil mix when re-potting


propagating ledebouria pauciflora
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Final Words

By reading this article, we hope you will be able to visualize and understand what type of plant Ledebouria Pauciflora is. It is an understated house plant with beautiful green and sword-like leaves with white spots. It produces tiny, unique bell-shaped flowers in shades of white to purple.

Aside from its appearance, Ledebouria Pauciflora is popular to plant lovers because it is straightforward to grow. Like other plants, it just needs full to partial sunlight and occasional watering, and although not necessarily, you may feed it once a month. It is not surprising that plant lovers get a Ledebouria Pauciflora for their home. Its care is minimal and can generally grow in any environment, as long as it is not planted in places that experience frostbite. Keep it indoors if you live in an area that experiences the winter season.

It is also effortless to propagate through offset bulbs. Make sure that you are using a well-draining soil mix and a pot with enough holes when re-potting. This will allow proper drainage to avoid overwatering and root rot.

With the variety of available plants out there, we hope that this article helps you to consider Ledebouria Pauciflora as your next plant baby. It will surely brighten your house plant collections and add character to your place. Always stay curious about different plants and continue growing your plant collection!

Succulent City chief editor


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