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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:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
  Selectively toxic to mammals, poisonous to stock, toxic to man when raw.
Flowering time EDIT
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Flower scent EDIT
  Honey-like scent towards evening.
  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
  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
Fruit size Length: 6mm   
Sow seeds in
  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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