Looking for Merwilla plumbea

Looking for Merwilla plumbea

Looking for Merwilla plumbea - Southern Africa : The Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers are on the lookout for Merwilla plumbea. The Near Threatened Merwilla Plumbea, previously known by the scientific name Scilla natalensis, is widely distributed along the Eastern region of the country, incl

The Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers are on the lookout for Merwilla plumbea. The Near Threatened Merwilla Plumbea, previously known by the scientific name Scilla natalensis, is widely distributed along the Eastern region of the country, including Swaziland and Lesotho. The plant is known to be a muthi plant. If you have seen this plant, please upload you observations onto iSpot.
Merwilla plumbea commonly known as the blue hyacinth is a perennial bulb with a long, soft arrangement of blue flowers. The plant is known to drop all of its leaves for part of the year. The leaves which are about 150 mm long remain concealed by tough brown and purple bulb scales. The leaves arise from the highest part of the bulb during September containing short fine hairs and appear in rosette of about 8, with narrow, pale green leaves with hint of white. The leaves are purple at the margins, base and apex. The inflorescence is about 300 mm long and 100 mm wide with several thin flowers. The raceme is violet to blue and white and about 10 mm long. The flowers of Merwilla plumbea appear to be honey scented and star shaped on blue stalks. The seeds of Merwilla plumbea are beige in colour, capsule shaped, fragmented when mature and about 6mm long and 3 mm wide.
This plant is known to flower from September to December. For more information on Merwilla plumbea visit http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantklm/merwilplum.htm

08 Sep 2015
Kaveesha