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Common Name: Little White Soldiers, African false hostaPlant Family: Hyacinthaceae Plant Type: Half-Hardy Bulbous
Ledebouria petiolata. A bulbous perennial from South Africa where it is found under trees and on banks by streams. The shiny green leaves have wavy margins and sport black spots, reputedly more obvious in the sun. Spikes of tiny white flowers appear in early summer, hence one if its common names. In the UK it requires a sheltered spot, outdoors associating well with Hostas and Ferns, but in cold areas it is best grown in a pot and kept under cover in the winter. The bulbs multiply rapidly, so they can be tried in various parts of the garden to see what pleases them. Above freezing they will keep some leaves, but in most gardens they will die down and will benefit from a mulch of leaves.
POT SIZE/QUANTITY: 9 cmSeason of Interest: Spring to autumnSun or Shade: Sun to Part ShadeHeight: low (up to 3 feet)Minimum temperature: Hardy to minus 5 deg. CPosition/Situation: Sheltered, frost-free gardensPlanting Style: sub tropical bed outSuggested Use: Growing in PotsFlower Colour: WhiteLeaf Colour: VariegatedHabit/Shape: SpreadingEvergreen: NoSoil Type: Normal, well-drained but moisture retentive
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