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Merwilla plumbea

   (Family: Hyacinthaceae)
   
Afrikaans: Blouberglelie, Blouslangkop English: Wild squill, Blue squill, Blue hyacinth  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Bulb
Height: 0.3 - 0.5m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Toxicity:  
  Selectively toxic to mammals, poisonous to stock, toxic to man when raw.
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Blue
 
White
Flower shape
Flower type
 
  Flower scent EDIT
  Honey-like scent towards evening.
  Polinator
  Bees
  Flower info
  Many-flowered slender raceme of bright violet-blue, or pale blue, or blue and white, star-shaped flowers each one carried on a delicate amethyst blue stalk.
 
 
Leaf arrangement
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Deciduous
  A rosette of 6 to 9 broad, tapering leaves emerges from the top of the bulb in spring. Clearly distinct veins give them a two-tone effect. Their colour is light green with white-grey overtones.They can be completely hairless, or one or both sides can be covered in short hairs.
 
 
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
Brown
Fruit size Length: 6mm   
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  Seed info EDIT
  The seed is formed in capsules that split when mature. It is beige in colour, somewhat irregular in shape and a bit wrinkled, 6 mm long x 2-3mm wide tapering to a point. It is light in weight and dispersed by the wind.
 
 
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