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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Scilla

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Asparagaceae

About 50 species, Native to Africa, Europe and Asia. Two species are cultivated in southern Africa. A number of African species previously in Scilla have been transferred to other genera, particularly Ledebouria. Scilla was previously placed in the family Hyacinthaceae, which has been sunk under the Asparagaceae.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). Scilla autumnalis is now known as Prospero autumnale.

Scilla peruviana (Cuban lily, Portuguese squill)

Native to the western Mediterranean. See Wikipedia.

Scilla scilloides

Native to China, Korea and Japan.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.